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Spelman College Glee Club

The Spelman College Glee Club History

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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 Spelman College community. The 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 Glee Club has traveled throughout the United States and performances for a variety of audiences. Past performances include concerts halls such as Faneuil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, as well as churches, high schools, colleges and universities nationwide. The group’s international travels have taken them to Brazil, Canada, Italy, and most recently Portugal. The organization's highlight was a March 2016 performance at the White House for President Barack Obama.

Spelman Glee Club at the White House
Spelman College Glee Club with President Barack Obama in the White House (2016)

The Glee Club is the premier performance organization for the College and sings for most campus events. It has the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ms. Patti LaBelle, Ms. Aretha Franklin, as a part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where they honored victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting. Our Glee Club spends many hours training and practicing in preparation for each performance and are committed to lifting their voices to encourage others through song and with each performance, audiences are left in awe.

The Glee Club recently celebrated the 92nd year of their Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert. Held with the Morehouse College Glee Club, this concert is featured annually 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.

Christmas Carol Concert 2018
The 92nd Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert (2018)

Past directors include the late Kember Harold, Willis Laurence James, Dr. Roland Allison, Aldrich Adkins, Ruth B. Stokes, and Dr. Norma Rabon. Over the years the Glee Club has grown to a membership of 80 phenomenal students. The Glee Club is currently under the direction of Kevin P. Johnson, D.M.A. associate professor of music at Spelman College.

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Valentine Williamson, C'2013
College Relations Coordinator
Fine Arts Building 102
404-270-5469
vwilli24@spelman.edu

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Rockefeller Fine Arts Building

 

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