Choral Ensembles

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Chorus (MUSIC 3602):

The Cornell Chorus, a premier touring choir founded in 1920, features singers from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds whose dedication to music has earned the ensemble a reputation as one of the nation’s finest treble choirs. The Chorus performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from masses and motets to spirituals, folk songs, and other classical and contemporary pieces. Since 2001, the Chorus has annually commissioned new works by female composers, with the goal of expanding the contemporary repertoire for treble voices. Regular recordings and tours bring the Chorus’ sound to a wider audience. The Chorus regularly collaborates with their sibling group, the Cornell Glee Club, on major works and other SATB repertoire.  Please direct any questions about the Chorus to
Director: Joe Lerangis
Meets: Wednesday, 5:15-7:15 pm in 101 Sage Chapel and Sunday,  5:00-7:00 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall
Visit the Chorus website for more information.

Glee Club (MUSIC 3603):

The Glee Club, our university’s other premier touring choir, is Cornell’s oldest student organization (founded in 1868), and is recognized as one of America’s outstanding male choirs. Typically numbering about 55 singers, the ensemble performs and records a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, including annual commissions of new music. The Glee Club gives concerts frequently both on and off campus, often combining with their sister group, the Cornell Chorus, for larger-scale projects, including major works with professional orchestras and international tours. Please direct any questions about the Glee Club to
Director: Joe Lerangis
Meets: Wednesday 7:30-9:30 pm in 101 Sage Chapel and Sunday,  4:00-6:00 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall
Visit the Glee Club website for more information.

Chorale (MUSIC 3604):

A course for singers wishing to develop their musicianship, sight-reading, and vocal technique.  The Chorale is a performing ensemble, and is focused on the development of essential skills to a high level, preparing students with the musical foundations necessary for a life in choral music.
Director: Yen-Hsiang Nieh
Meets: Tuesday 7:30-9:25 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall

Choral Musicianship (MUSIC 3902):

Co-requisite for new members of Cornell Chorus and Glee Club, based on audition, and open to all students regardless of participation in an ensemble. Recommended for singers at all levels wishing to improve musicianship skills. Foundational and advanced approaches to choral sight-singing, aural skills, diction, score reading, and vocal topics.
Director: Yen-Hsiang Nieh
Meets: Monday 5-6 pm in 124 Lincoln Hall

Singers may also wish to investigate the Jazz Ensembles, which includes small numbers of singers. For more information, see the Instrumental Ensembles page.