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Women Glee club

Women's Glee Club

About

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 performances include a nationally broadcast performance for the JFK 50th Commemoration at the Presidential Library in Boston, where, in addition to performances on their own, the ensemble had the privilege of collaborating with recording artist James Taylor, a performance for President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in Houston while on their spring tour, 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, 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 and the dedication ceremony of the National Pentagon Memorial (9/11), the Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Christmas in Washington (NBC and TNT), and 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.” 

This season’s highlights include performances with the Memphis Symphony, a concert tour through several states, performances of Handel’s Messiah and Durufle's Requiem, and a special reunion concert combining with over 75 alumnae from the past 37 years!

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.

Veteran's Day Concert Tour
November 10, 2018

The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs will be traveling to MINNESOTA to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra!

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

     Saturday, November 10, 2018
          7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall
          2406 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

For additional information, please visit the Memphis Symphony website at: www.minnesotaorchestra.org

Spring Break Concert Tour
March 10-16, 2019


The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs will travel to HONOLULU, HAWAII to perform several public concerts to highlight the talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen and to introduce prospective candidates to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

     Sunday, March 10, 2019 - Guest Choir
          Kawaiaha'o Church
          957 Punchbowl Street
          Honolulu, HI 96813
          9:00 AM (Worship Service)

     Sunday, March 10, 2019 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
          Kawaiaha'o Church
          957 Punchbowl Street
          Honolulu, HI 96813
          4:00 PM (Concert)

     Friday, March 15, 2019 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
          Central Union Church
          1660 S. Beretania Street
          Honolulu, HI 96826
          7:00 PM (Concert)

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The Riveters

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”.

The Stowaways

Director

Aaron 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, 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.

 

Recordings

Video

  • Womens Glee Club Above the hills
    Above the Hills of Time
  • Women's glee club America the beautiful
    America the Beautiful
  • Women Glee Club Eternal father performance
    Eternal Father
  • Messiah Performance
    Messiah
  • Superbowl performance
    Super Bowl
  • Renee Fleeming performance
    Renee Fleming
  • Close
    Storm Comin'
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Contact

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

Stephanie Woodall, Music Department Coordinator, woodall@usna.edu
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