Academics: Majors and Programs

  • Apply Now

Spelman College Glee Club

The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation of choral excellence for more than 50 years. It is an organization that is open by audition to all students of the College community. Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices with special emphasis on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works.

The Spelman College Glee Club has traveled throughout the country performing for a variety of audiences. It has performed in concert halls such as Fanueil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and in churches, high schools, colleges, and universities. Their international travels have taken them to Brazil and Canada.

The Glee Club is the primary performance organization of the College and sings for most campus events. It has had the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned singer Jessye Norman, and in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration.

The Glee Club has also been featured on "Performance Today" for National Public Radio. A perennial highlight of the Christmas season in Atlanta is the Christmas Carol Concert presented by both the Spelman and Morehouse colleges glee clubs. The audience swells to more than 6,000 for the three nights of these festive concerts. Other major performances of the Spelman Glee Club include the spring concert tour, the annual fall and spring concerts at Spelman.

Past directors include the late Willis Laurence James, Dr. Roland Allison and Dr. Norma Raybon. The Spelman Glee Club is under the direction of Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of music.