Women's Glee Club
The United States Naval Academy WOMEN’S GLEE CLUB was founded in l976 when women first entered the Naval Academy, and since that time, the ensemble has garnered international acclaim through their diverse repertoire and elegant sound. The only all-female military choral ensemble in the world, they have performed extensively across America and internationally. Recent highlight performances include a nationally broadcast performance for the JFK 50th Commemoration at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston with recording artist James Taylor, participation in the nationally televised State Funeral for President George H.W. Bush, and a featured presentation of the National Anthem with the Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club in a nationally broadcast PBS documentary.
In addition to the Academy’s annually sold-out concerts of Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Symphony, symphonic repertoire has included Mahler’sSymphony No. 2, Requiems by Brahms, Durufle, Dvorak, Mozart, and Verdi, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony among many others. Additional notable appearances include the Inaugural Concert “We Are One” performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a live audience of over half a million people, the dedication ceremony of the National Pentagon Memorial (9/11), Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Christmas in Washington (NBC and TNT), an official visit to Brazil that was hailed as providing “more positive results for the relations of both countries than that of a mighty aircraft carrier visit,” and a newly released CD: On Tour - Hawaii.
It is with honor, pride and distinction that the Women's Glee Club represents the United States, the Navy and Marine Corps, and the Naval Academy.
This breakout group of 10 exceptional musicians from the WGC has entertained audiences everywhere with songs from the forties to today. Favorites include “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “What a Wonderful World”, and “Unwritten”.
DR. AARON SMITH (Chairman), Director of Musical Activities, accepted his appointment at the United States Naval Academy following a long series of impressive accomplishments as one of New York City's most successful choral conductors and now oversees one of the most visible music programs in the country.
A nationally acclaimed conductor, he has been seen in a wide variety of performances and performing venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and many other prominent concert halls and churches around the world.
Highlight musical collaborations include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Portland Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer, the American Boychoir, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Great Performer’s Series, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis, Zdenek Macal, Joseph Flummerfelt, John Rutter, and soloists such as Renee Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Gregory Kunde, and Beyonce. His performances have been heard on multiple television and radio stations across the nation.
Additionally, Dr. Smith assisted in the preparation of the Emmy Award nominated performance of the “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast of Mozart’s Requiem in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree in Choral Music from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters degree with Honors and Distinction in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from SUNY Stony Brook, New York.
Please contact the United States Naval Academy Music Department with any questions or comments you may have.
United States Naval Academy
Musical Activities Department
Mailing Address: Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Rd. Annapolis, MD 21402-5086
Phone Number: (410) 293-2439
Fax Number: (410) 293-3218