The Ohio State University Women's Glee Club
The Women’s Glee Club at The Ohio State University was established in 1903. The organization strives to connect and empower women through music-making and sisterhood by challenging them to find their own voices. Additionally, it has the distinction of being the first musical organization to appear in concert in Mershon Auditorium. The Women’s Glee Club represents a wide variety of majors and interests, with singers ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Members work to improve and expand musicianship through challenging and varied repertoire.
One of the organization's main goals is to grow in sisterhood and compassion through bonding and activism. Members of the Women’s Glee Club are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of on- and off-campus events. These include the School of Music’s Halloween-themed “HalleBOOia!” concert, performing Buckeye tunes around campus on game days, caroling during the holiday season and traveling to share their music. Additionally, The Women’s Glee Club aims to bring awareness to marginalized groups through engagement and music.
Led by current director, Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, the Glee Club hosted the three-day summit CONCEPT:Freedom in 2015, raising awareness about human trafficking in and around central Ohio. This summit included a fllm screening of Very Young Girls, which focused on the work of Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of GEMS (Glrls Education and Mentoring Services). The second day consisted of a performance by the Glee Club with Ms. Lloyd as guest speaker. On the final day, fourteen ensembles collaborated to create a festival chorus of women from within the midwest. In addition, interest sessions featuring local abolitionist organizations allowed attendees to discuss solutions for this human rights issue. The Unchained Fashion Show completed the summit. Inspiration for the concept came from Lloyd's book, Girls Like Us. Her writing focuses on the young women within her care victimized by human trafficking, as well as Lloyd's own experience as a survivor.
In the group's past, under the leadership of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, the Glee Club was selected to sing for state and regional conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association. In its fourth season under the leadership of conductor Dr. Richard Schnipke and accompanist Casey L. Cook, the WGC was honored to perform for the Ohio Music Education Association's 2013 professional development conference. The ensemble also sang for the Ohio Choral Directors Association's annual summer conference in June 2010, and released their first CD since 2003, A Jubilant Song, in spring 2011.
Annually, the Women's Glee Club tours throughout Ohio and hosts an invitational event on the Ohio State campus featuring high school women's choirs from across the state.