princeton university glee club
Gabriel Crouch, director
The Glee Club is the oldest and largest choir at Princeton University, and has for generations served as the ‘hub’ for singers at Princeton – in which like-minded students come together to explore musical passions and make lifelong friendships. The choir tours internationally on alternate years (at no cost to the students!), and has recently added Argentina, South Africa, and northern Spain to the list of stamps in the Glee Club passport. There are five major performances each year, and numerous special appearances around campus. The choir's most celebrated performing tradition dates from 1913 – the annual concerts presented jointly with the Glee Clubs of Harvard and Yale Universities on the eve of the respective football games. A more recent tradition has seen the establishment of annual performances of choral masterworks with professional soloists and orchestra. In the last few years these have included Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St. Matthew and St John Passions and Mass in B minor, Mozart's Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem.
The repertoire of the Glee Club is extremely diverse, embracing anything from Renaissance motets and madrigals, Romantic part songs and 21st century choral commissions to spirituals, folk music and college songs. The spectrum of singers is perhaps even broader: undergraduates and graduate students, scientists and poets, philosophers and economists - all walks of academic life are represented, all knit together by their belief in the nobility and joy of singing together.