Interested in Joining the Glee Club?
The Cornell University Glee Club, Cornell's oldest student organization and one of the nation's finest collegiate ensembles, holds auditions jointly with the Cornell University Chorus, the Cornell Chorale, and the Cornell Chamber Singers at the beginning of each academic semester.
Fall 2013 Audition Information:
Fall auditions will be held during Orientation Week in the Fall Semester:
Scheduled Auditions (to sign-up, visit our auditions registration page)
Sunday (8/25), 2:00pm-8:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium.
Monday (8/26), 2:30pm-9:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium.
Tuesday (8/27), 2:00pm-10:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium.
Wednesday (8/28)- 2:00pm-5:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium.
Thursday (8/29), 3:30pm-10:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium
Friday (8/30), 2:00-10:00pm, Lincoln Hall Atrium
Callback Rehearsal (singers will be notified by e-mail if they have received a callback):
Sunday (9/1) 4:00-4:45PM, Lincoln B20
Monday, September 2, Time TBA
Note for Callback Auditions: A PDF of the piece will be found in the side bar of this page, and a midi recording to help you learn the piece will be made available.
About the Audition Process
Auditions are structured in two rounds. In the first round audition, each singer is evaluated individually according to their vocal range, pitch-matching ability, and basic sight-reading skill, demonstrated through a series of guided exercises and singing one verse of America (My Country 'Tis of Thee), for which words will be provided. No preparation is usually necessary for first-round auditions.
Scheduling auditions in advance is highly recommended, but walk-in auditions are generally allowed if the audition schedule permits. Also, while sight-reading is important, it is not expected that all new members will be excellent sight-readers. Based on the results of the first-round auditions, a limited number of auditionees will be selected to participate in the second round of auditions. All auditionees will be notified of their results by phone or email, and the list of students called back for the second round audition will also be posted on this web site.
The second round of auditions consists of two parts: prospective members join in a Glee Club rehearsal to learn a selection from our current repertoire, then perform this selection in a quartet consisting of themselves and three current members of the Club. This exercise tests each auditionee's ability to sing in an ensemble, that is, to blend and listen to others. All second-round auditionees will be notified by telephone or email, and a list of successful auditionees will be posted on this web site.
About the Time Commitment
The Glee Club performs four major concerts every year including our Homecoming and Senior Week concerts. The Glee Club also frequently collaborates with the women's Chorus on major works along with choirs from other universities. In addition, the Glee Club embarks annually on extended concert tours, usually lasting between 10 and 15 days. Recent concert tours include California in January 2005, the Northeastern U.S. in January 2006, the Southeastern U.S. in January 2007, and a joint-tour of China in March 2008 with the women’s Chorus, including three full performances of Brahms’Ein deutsches Requiem in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Rehearsals are usually held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 and Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00, for a total of four rehearsal hours per week. As concerts approach, additional rehearsal time may be added as needed.
Members of the Glee Club have the opportunity to audition for The Hangovers, our a cappella subset. The Hangovers sing many types of a capella music, from popular music to close-harmony jazz, classical selections, and oldies. They perform and tour extensively both with the Glee Club and by themselves throughout the United States and internationally. Recent Hangovers tours have included Japan, Korea, Jamaica, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain. Auditions occur shortly after second-round auditions for the Glee Club. Sound clips and other information is available at their website.
Ask Questions, View a Rehearsal
The Glee Club is always looking for enthusiastic new members. If you have any questions or would like to sit in on a rehearsal, call 607-255-3396 or send an e-mail to our manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would love to hear from you! Similar choral opportunities are available for female voices with the Cornell University Chorus, reachable by telephone at 607-241-0074, or by email at email@example.com.