Cornell University Glee Club 150th Anniversary Endowment Campaign

2018-19 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Cornell University Glee Club, a unique opportunity to celebrate and create an even stronger foundation for the future. Traveling the country and the world, the Glee Club continues to perform at a high artistic level, providing exceptional and memorable musical and cultural experiences for students, as has been true for generations.

In collaboration with its current director and officers, the Glee Club’s Alumni Board has articulated several strategic goals. Collectively, these goals will ensure current members are able to have similar life-changing opportunities that we all had during our time at Cornell. Each of these requires 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
  • Marketing initiatives to develop larger audiences and increase our profile

A more detailed description of these strategic goals is enclosed with the letter below.

To fund these initiatives, we are launching “A Good Excuse, I Think! – the 150th Anniversary Campaign for the Cornell University Glee Club.”

This is intended to be a transformational campaign. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million. The Campaign will run through June 2019, the conclusion of our 150th year. Campaign pledges will be payable over a five year period.

The Alumni Board has already achieved 100% participation in the Campaign. Many Board members have made campaign pledges that range from 10 to 25 times what they’ve given before, with individual commitments as high as $250,000, and with a total of $900,000 already committed.  We also have bequest intentions that will be counted in overall campaign totals, and ideally we’ll far surpass this ambitious goal.

This is a once-in-a-generation campaign for the 150th, and we do not anticipate one like this again for many years. We are asking everyone to make a stretch commitment well beyond what they’ve given in the past and to make this a philanthropic priority.

Please take a moment to think about what the Glee Club has meant to you personally, and join us in supporting the Campaign in a way that reflects that. 


All the best,

Donald R. Peck LAW ‘86

Campaign Chair

Full campaign information available here.

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


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.