Cornell University Glee Club
150th Anniversary Endowment Campaign

Campaign Update – December 2018

With commitments ranging from $500 to $250,000, the Campaign is nearing the $1.25 million mark of gifts and pledges, but we still need your help to reach our $1.5 million goal!

As we approach the halfway mark of our 150th Anniversary Season, we have been humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement from the Cornell University Glee Club community.  115 Glee Club Alumni have agreed to act as Class Agents for the Campaign, sharing their excitement and support for the 150th Anniversary Campaign with their classmates.

We continue to focus on several strategic goals for the Glee Club, all of which require additional endowment funding:

  • Tour internationally at least every four years and domestically every year

  • Expand opportunities for individual vocal instruction for students

  • Commission new men’s choral works from major and emerging composers

  • Perform a major concert annually in New York City or other major artistic venues

  • Expand our reputation through performances at major conventions, conferences, and competitions

  • Expand recruiting and pipeline development

  • Develop marketing initiatives to generate larger audiences and increase our profile

In a few short weeks the Glee Club will embark on its 150th Anniversary tour, making stops in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The next international tour is being planned for 2020.  All of this is made possible with your continued financial support.

A gala weekend to celebrate the 150th Anniversary Season and the success of the 150th Anniversary Campaign is slated for Reunions 2019 (June 6-9, 2019).  Plans are underway to have our own Reunion Class set up by the University, and have Glee Club alumni participate with current members at a Friday night concert that weekend.  We hope as many of you as possible will join us for this once-in-a-generation Celebration.

For now, we encourage you to take a moment to think about what the Glee Club has meant to you, and if you have not done so already, make a multi-year Campaign commitment that reflects that by completing the online pledge form below.

With best regards,

Donald R. Peck, LAW ‘86
Campaign Chair


Celebrating 150 Years of Music

Campaign Leadership:

Scott R. Haber '80
Bryce W. Hall '99
A. David P. Manzano '89
John C. Nicolls '72
Michael B. Polk '82
Ronald J. Schiller '86
Joel R. Seligman '89
Cornell L. Stinson '86
Steven G. Whitney '79

Donald R. Peck, LAW '86, Chair
Richard C. Dehmel '68, Honorary Chair
Robert Isaacs, Director
Thomas A. Sokol, Director Emeritus
Scott A. Tucker, Past Director
G. Gordon Behn '65
Joseph W. Cleverdon '98
George E. Gull '72

Did you know the Glee Club's partner ensemble, The Cornell University Chorus, is nearing their centennial? To celebrate their 100th year, the Chorus has launched the "Lift the Chorus" Endowment Campaign.  Since the start of the campaign, they have more than doubled their endowment value. The goal is to grow the Endowment to $1 million by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  For more information or to support the Cornell University Chorus, please visit

CUGC Through the Ages:

You can pledge to campaign via the printable form or online form below:

Online Pledge Form:

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I am committed to being a part of the endowment campaign for the Cornell University Glee Club endowment in order to further the musical excellence and organizational endeavors of the group.