The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation for choral excellence since 1925. The organization is open by audition to all students of the College community. Their Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices, with a particular focus on traditional spirituals, music by African American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works.
The Spelman College Glee Club has traveled throughout the United States and performed for a variety of audiences. Past performances include concert halls such as Fanueil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and churches, high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide.
The group’s international travels took them to Brazil and Canada. The organization’s highlight was a March 2016 performance at the White House for President Barack Obama.
The Glee Club is the premier performance organization for the College and sings for most campus events. It has had the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, world renowned singer Jessye Norman, and historically in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.celebration. With each performance, audiences are left in awe.
The Glee Club recently celebrated the ninetieth year of their Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert. This event takes place in concert with the Morehouse College Glee Club. This concert is featured annually on "Performance Today" on National Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting during the holiday season. Other major performances include the Annual Spring Tour during the College’s observation of spring break and an Annual Spring Concert at Spelman College.
Past directors include the late Kemper Harreld, Willis Laurence James, Dr. Roland Allison and Dr. Norma Raybon. Over the years the Glee Club has grown to a membership of 80 phenomenal students. The Spelman Glee Club is currently under the direction of Dr. Kevin Johnson, Professor of the Spelman College Music Department.