Fall 2020 Audition Information
Sign-ups and location:
Sun. 8/24, 12:30-4:00PM; Mon. 8/25 – Thurs. 8/28, 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM
You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Tests for vocal range, sightsinging and tonal memory skills.
More information about general choir and ensembles auditions can be found through the Penn State School of Music website:
Students will be notified of audition results by email at 5:00pm, Friday 8/29.
The first Glee Club rehearsal will be held on Wednesday 9/4 at 4:40pm in Room 110, Music Building 1
About the Audition Process
Thank you for your interest in The Pennsylvania State University Glee Club. We welcome students from all majors in the University. Short auditions are typically held during the first week of classes each semester. Auditions will be held in Music Building I, located on the north side of campus between Pattee Library and Park Avenue. The audition consists of vocalizing to assess vocal range, sight-singing and ear tests – singing back short melodic phrases played on the piano. You are not required to prepare a solo. Candidates will be assessed based on voice quality, intonation, and range and will be placed according to the needs of the Glee Club, and schedule availability.
Upon acceptance into the Penn State Glee Club you agree to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals are held every Monday and Wednesday from 4:40PM-6:00PM in Room 110, Music Building 1. Annual performances include a Fall Concert and the Blue and White Concert in April, and the annual Spring Tour. There is also an expectation that you will sing at informal performances such as football tailgate sings etc.
Though finances should never be a reason not to consider joining the Glee Club, there are several requirements when joining the ensemble. Consider these costs equivalent to textbooks. For formal performances, we wear black tails which are provided by the Glee Club. Members are required to purchase a specific white wing-collar shirt, black shoes and socks for formal performances. This attire is part of our traditions and enhances our on-stage appearance. Members can purchase these items through a local men’s clothier with whom the Glee Club has made arrangements. In addition, khaki dress pants and a long-sleeve white, collared shirt are required for informal and semi-formal performances. The total estimated cost of these uniform requirements are around $120.
The Glee Club also has a strong tradition of partaking on a Spring Break Tour, the first being in 1889 to Bellefonte, PA! While the Glee Club is able to partially fund the trip, not all costs are covered. Therefore, an additional financial commitment will be required to partake on this great week of song and travel. We never put financial ability before musical, and as such, arrangements can be made for those members unable to meet the costs mentioned.
Members of the Glee Club have the opportunity to audition for the Hi-Lo’s, our a cappella group. This group of 12-16 students perform light-hearted music from today’s hits, to close-harmony jazz oldies, and classic madrigals. The Hi-Lo’s, now in their 85th year, perform extensively with and without the Glee Club around Penn State’s Campuses and throughout the Commonwealth. Auditions occur shortly after Glee Club rehearsals commence.
Still have questions about the Glee Club or are uncertain about scheduling an audition? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
106 Music Building 1
Phone (814) 863-4400