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Cornell University Glee Club

The Cornell University Glee Club (CUGC) is the oldest student organization at Cornell University, having been organized shortly after the first students arrived on campus in 1868. The CUGC is a sixty-member chorus for male voices, with repertoire including classical, folk, 20th century music, and traditional Cornell songs.



  • Performances at two American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions as an auditioned choir: the 2008 ACDA Eastern Division Convention in Hartford, CT, and the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • First American collegiate choral ensemble to tour Europe by traveling to England in 1895 with Cornell's crew. [1]
  • First American collegiate ensemble to tour the Soviet Union, traveled to the Soviet Union and England from December 1960 to January 1961.[1]
  • Performed for national television and radio on such networks as Television Moscow, BBC, Educational Television Network, Radio Leningrad, Frankfurt Radio Network, Television Singapura, PBS, NBC, and others. Notable appearances include:[1]
  • Frequent domestic and international tours have traveled to over thirty-five states and nearly thirty countries across four continents.
  • First use of "Big Red" to refer to Cornell University dates to the song The Big Red Team, originally performed by the CUGC in 1905.
  • First published history of an American collegiate choral ensemble, Songs From the Hill: A History of the Cornell University Glee Club by Michael Slon, Class of 1992, was published in 1998.


This list is complete and up-to-date as of March 2009.
  • 1889 - 1921: Hollis Ellsworth Dann
  • 1921 - 1942: Eric Sydney Dudley
  • 1942 - 1945: John Marinus Kuypers
  • 1945 - 1946: Paul John Weaver
  • 1946 - 1957: Thomas Brodhead Tracy, Class of 1931
  • 1957 - 1995: Thomas Andrew Sokol
  • 1995 - present: Scott Arthur Tucker

A cappella subsets

This list is complete and up-to-date as of March 2009.
  • Cayuga's Waiters (1949-present)
    • disassociated from Glee Club in 1956
  • Sherwoods (1956-1973)
    • removed from Glee Club in 1958
    • alumni still perform annually at Reunions weekend
  • Glee Club Eight / Glee Club Octaves (1958-1966)
  • Hangovers (1968-present)
    • continue to tour and perform within the CUGC and separately as the official a cappella subset
  • Leftovers (1971-1972)


First appearing at the Glee Club's 1956 fall concert, The Sherwoods gained popularity quickly and by 1958, they followed the pattern set by Cayuga's Waiters and parted ways with the Glee Club due to the time demands of both groups. The Sherwoods toured extensively, traveling to Hawaii, the Far East, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica. They commonly wore dark green jackets and ties for performances. Their popularity slowly faded and the group stopped auditioning new members sometime around 1973. The alumni still actively perform and can be seen on campus every June at Reunions Weekend. The Sherwoods released seven albums during their tenure; more recently, a compilation CD titled Try to Remember - The Reunion Album was released containing the Sherwoods greatest hits from the previous albums.

Noted hit singer/songwriter Harry Chapin joined the Sherwoods twice, dropping out of Cornell University shortly after each time. He never did receive his degree.

International tours

This list is complete and up-to-date as of March 2009.

The CUGC has performed as an ensemble in twenty-five different countries.


The seal

Adopted as the official emblem of the Glee Club by Thomas A. Sokol shortly after he became director, the CUGC seal features the head of Apollo, the Greek god of music and poetry. It also recalls the well-known glee Glorious Apollo by Samuel Webbe. [1]


"They are marvelous - perfectly wonderful."

Eugene Ormandy, speaking of the chorus, after conducting a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the Glee Club, Chorus, and Philadelphia Orchestra on October 9th and 10th, 1962.

"This is the most exciting moment in my eight years as Governor of New York."

Nelson Rockefeller after hearing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony performed by the Cornell Glee Club, Chorus, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Ormandy for the opening of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, August 4, 1966.[1]

Notable CUGC alumni


The Glee Club has given the world and American premieres of many works for male chorus, written by a variety of notable composers.

World premieres include works by:

American premieres include works by:

Commissioning Endowment

In 2005, the Glee Club established the Thomas A. Sokol Commissioning Endowment in recognition of the 75th birthday of Director Emeritus Thomas Sokol. The proceeds help fund an annual commission from a well-known composer of a new work (or works), typically premiered by the Glee Club during the fall Homecoming weekend concert. Sokol Commission recipients to date include:

This list is complete and up-to-date as of December 2009.

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e Slon, Michael (1998). Songs From the Hill. Cornell University Glee Club.  
  2. ^ a b "Guide to the Cornell University Glee Club Records, 1890-1986" (Correspondence, programs, scrapbooks, photographs, notebooks, recordings, miscellany.). Collection Number: 37-6-2399. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library. 1890-1986. Retrieved 2006-12-18.  
  3. ^ Prairie Home Companion Episode Guide
  4. ^ View the Glee Club on The Price is Right
  5. ^ Program notes by Dr. Wilbur Skeels detailing the Ave Maria's history
  6. ^ "1966 Cornell Glee Club alumni celebrate historic Asian tour with Homecoming performance"
  7. ^ Link to the bio of writer/producer/director Dan Booth

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