The Dartmouth College Glee Club is an outstanding group of 50-60 serious choral singers, led by Louis Burkot since 1981. Our ever-increasing repertoire spans four centuries, with a distinguished performance history including many of the masterworks of choral/orchestral literature, fully-staged Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with all-student casts, large and small a cappella choral works, and the cherished songs of Dartmouth College. Opportunities abound for both solo and small-group singing, as well as student conducting and accompanying. Our members represent a diverse cross-section of the campus, and are involved in a range of other activites - a cappella groups, other Hopkins Center ensembles, college athletics, student government and more. In recent years many of the singers in the Glee Club have been musical leaders in the Dartmouth community, paving the way for many new and innovative performance opportunities on campus.
One of this year's highlights was performing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with a full orchestra and soloists. Previous years included performances of Bach's Magnificat in D Major and a fully staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Other recent highlights include Fauré's Requiem, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Hymn to St. Cecilia, Morten Lauridsen's Madrigali, Mozart's Requiem, selections from Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzen, Handel's Messiah, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe.
Louis Burkot is the director of the Dartmouth College Glee Club. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer award at Dartmouth in the spring of 2000 and is well known for his work as Artistic Director of Opera North. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe has praised his conducting as "first-rate, capable and stylish", and Opera News magazine notes his conducting "sparkles with verve and sensitivity to the needs of singers." He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music, where he has supervised many senior fellowship projects in Music including musically directing a student production of the opera Alcina and assisting with a student-conducted concert of Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil. Several of his students have continued their music studies in voice and conducting after Dartmouth at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, University of Cincinnati, and the Peabody Conservatory. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, his conducting studies include the Yale School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Houston Grand Opera. In addition, he gives master classes in Vocal Repertoire to music schools and conservatories throughout the United States.
Glee Club Tour
Every year during Spring Break the Glee Club goes on a concert tour! Recent tour locations include many cities in the Southeastern United States such as Charleston, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill in Spring 2005 and Savannah, Jekyll Island, Miami in Spring 2007, and South California in Spring 2012. While on domestic tours, Glee Club members often stay with alumni for some nights of the tour, and we spend some time sightseeing as well as singing. One of the more exciting recent tours was to Brazil in Spring 2006. The Glee Club traveled to Rio de Janeiro for a week of performances, sightseeing, and spending time on Rio's amazing beaches such as the Copacobana and Ipanema. Our performance repetoire even included some music in Portuguese, which was popular with both the choir and the audience. Performance pieces for tours from 2005-2007 included music by Brahms and Schubert and, naturally, the traditional Dartmouth songs.
Alex Engler '12, President
Susan Hakes '12, Vice President
Aryeh Drager '12 and Andrew Bloomgarden '12, Tour Managers
Bailey Hoar '13, Green Key Representative
For more information, see our website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gleeclub/index.html
Last updated on May 15 by Ian B. Stewart
contributors: Diana M. Pechter