2011 California Tour
In January of 2011, the Glee Club toured the State of California, including cities such as Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Desert, and Los Angeles. The Glee Club performed at a wide range of venues including The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, and Stanford’s Memorial Church. The Glee Club will also be featured in the Desert Friends of Music Concert Series and will be presented in concert by the Pasadena Master Chorale.
For the California Tour, the Glee Club was also joined by Director Emeritus, Professor Thomas A. Sokol. As director of the group for 38 years, Professor Sokol is widely regarded as the man who brought the Cornell University Glee Club to its prominence as a premier men’s choir. In addition to conducting a few pieces, Professor Sokol led several pre-concert “chats” at San Francisco, Palm Desert, and UCLA concerts.
Additionally, one of the memorable experiences was the master class the Club had with Chanticleer, a world-renowned professional men's choir. The class finished with both choirs performing Biebl's Ave Maria, a popular men's piece and Glee Club staple originally brought to the United States by Cornell's very own Professor Sokol.
Highlights of the repertoire included pieces by Cornell-California composers Byron Adams DMA ’84 and Joseph Gregorio ’01. The tour will also feature premieres of two new works by Glee Club Alums. UCLA Professor David Lefkowitz ’86’87 and David Conte DMA ’83 have each written a new work for the Glee Club.
The Glee Club would like to extend gratitude to its California alumni tour committee, which worked tirelessly to create concert opportunities, lead sponsorship campaigns, recruit homestays, and set-up tour stops for the Club. We would additionally like to thank everyone that supported us either by housing gentlemen, donating to the tour, or coming to one of our concerts!
2010 Northeast Tour
During January of 2010, the Glee Club toured the Northeast, with stops including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in January 2010. In place of Professor Scott Tucker who was away on sabbatical, the Club was directed by Assistant Conductor John Rowehl.
Stand-out performances in D.C. include a sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center, and a matinee for Justices Ginsburg '54, Alito, and Sotomayor at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Club also sang at high schools in Bethesda and Baltimore, MD. Other memorable performances include Boston's Old South Church, and a joint concert with the University Glee Club at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Theater in New York, NY.
The Glee Club would like to thank it's alumni tour committee for all of their work in setting up performances at premier venues, soliciting sponsorships, enlisting homestays, and for creating other interesting adventures along the way! Again, we would additionally like to thank everyone that supported us either by housing gentlemen, donating to the tour, or coming to one of our concerts!
2009 Southern Tour
Over winter break, the Glee Club ventured on it's Deep South Tour, or as fondly known by Clubbers, "the Tour of Northern Aggression." The Club first stopped in Cleveland, OH, and continued on a bus to Nashville and Memphis, TN, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, GA, and finally, back to Ithaca, NY.
We would like to thank all alumni, fans, and supporters who through their donations, hospitality, and presence at concerts helped us along the way!
2008 China Tour
Over spring break 2008, the Glee Club embarked upon a joint tour to the People's Republic of China with the Cornell University Chorus. From March 11-26, the groups toured and sang in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, performing three concerts of Johannes Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem."
Given that the work calls for more than 100 voices and a large orchestra, joint concerts were staged with the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra, the Shanghai International Festival Chorus, and the International Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
Stand-out venues include Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai's Oriental Arts Center, Fudan University, and St. John's Cathedral in Hong Kong, among others; while students were not busy singing, they had the opportunity to tour landmarks like the Great Wall.
This tour was a multi-year project, and we would like to thank all of the donors and supporters who made this wonderful, memorable, and life-changing experience possible.
Other Tours Include:
2007 Southeast Tour
2006 Northeast Tour
2005 California Tour
2004 Brazil Tour
2003 Midwest Tour
2002 Southeast Tour
2001 Venezuela Tour
2000 East Coast Tour
1999 West Coast Tour