2016 Tour: Iceland
In May 2016, the Glee Club will embark on a great adventure to Nordic island nation of Iceland. Defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches, Iceland provides the perfect backdrop for the Glee Club to share our 2015-2016 season repertoire. From May 16th – 24th, and with a home base in the capital city of Reykjavik, the Glee Club will be performing a variety of concerts, throughout the city and countryside. As is the mission of the Glee Club, we will also be leading a number of school workshops in Reykjavik and Akureyri.
2015 Tour: New England
Without a doubt the musical highlight of our excursion to the north was a joint performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s immortal oratorio Elijah with the Smith College Glee Club in Northampton, MA. Performing in the historic John M. Greene Hall to a packed house, the Glee Club delighted in the drama and emotion of one of the great works of choir music. It was a pleasure to collaborate with such a fine ensemble as the Smith College Glee Club and their director Jonathan Hirsh.
After our visit to Northampton, the Glee Club traveled to Bean Town itself to conduct several workshops and informal concerts with local Boston schools. Since one of the primary missions of the Glee Club is to extend the love of singing to the schools and the community at large, it is always a thrill to interact with kids of all ages and share our music with them. Our sojourn in Boston also allowed the members of the Glee Club to explore all the great city has to offer.
On the road back home, we stopped in New Milford, Connecticut for a formal concert at St. John’s Church. We were excited to share the concert with local choir, “The Kent Singers” who are directed by former Glee Clubber and Penn State alumnus Matthew Travis. The group returned to State College exhausted, but filled with memories that will last a lifetime and a renewed sense of camaraderie. A special thanks to our Tour Manager, Joseph Helinski for organizing and executing a seamless trip.