|Yale Glee Club|
One of the most traveled collegiate choruses in the world
One of the most traveled choruses in the world, the Yale Glee Club has performed in every major city in the United States and embarked on its first overseas tour in 1928. It has since appeared before enthusiastic audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the summer of 2005, the Glee Club made its first trip to Australia and New Zealand. Historically a leading advocate of international choral exchange, the Glee Club has hosted countless guest ensembles at Yale and at New York's Lincoln Center in conjunction with its own International Choral Festivals.
One of the oldest choruses in USA
For nearly a century and a half, the Yale Glee Club has represented the best in collegiate singingfrom its earliest days as a group of thirteen men from the class of 1863 to its current incarnation as an eighty-voice chorus of men and women.
The students who sing in the Yale Glee Club might be majors in music or engineering, English or philosophy, forestry or mathematics. They are drawn together by a love of singing and a common understanding that raising one's voice with others to create something beautiful is one of the noblest human pursuits.
The Australia and New Zealand tour included stops in Rotorua to absorb Maori culture including a Hangi feast, scenic drives through the gorgeous heartland of North Island on to Wellington with home-stays and concerts. A short flight on to beautiful Christ Church to enjoy concerts and gardens and the Antarctic Center.
The Australia part of the tour started in Melbourne with a sold out concert with the Melbourne University Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A highlight was farm stays on the way to Canberra. The Canberra concert won them accolades from the local press and great memories of a concert with the local Woden Valley Chorus, pot luck with them as well as home-stays. A warm welcome indeed!! The tour continue to Sydney where the Yale Glee Club gave a concert in the historic Sydney Town Hall and also had the chance to enjoy a dinner cruise in the famous Harbor and visits to Bondi Beach and a tour of the Opera house. The grand finale of the official part of the tour was a flight to Brisbane and a concert at the Queensland Conservatory. A visit to the Australia
Zoo was a perfect last day. The final dinner at an elegant restaurant was topped off by a rousing skit by some Glee Club members, yet another Yale Glee Club tradition. Half the group then flew on to Cairns for a two days visit to the Great Barrier Reef and the other half flew home via Fiji!!
|"We were thrilled with our tour of Australia and New Zealand and can't imagine having pulled it off without the expert help of everyone at Classical Movements. They are simply the best in business."|
[DR. JEFFREY DOUMA, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHORAL MUSIC, YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC; DIRECTOR, YALE GLEE CLUB]
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