Sisterhood, Song, and Strength

  • Concert Preparation

    We are beginning timeline planning for our winter virtual concert. The singers are getting ready for voice checks and memorization deadlines for our first piece, “Wanting Memories”.

    Our program this term is themed “Share the Momentum”. Inspired by the works of black artists, specifically black female composers, we seek to highlight the voices and experiences of minority communities. In addition, we wish to express the challenges we have overcome as individuals and a choral community throughout the pandemic. “Share the Momentum” symbolizes our resilience as human beings, and the continuation of our efforts to grow and learn from one another. With this concert theme, our voices will create a platform to echo our shared values of unity and acceptance.  

    The virtual concert will be available in July, after our amazing film team polishes it up!

  • Winter Hybrid Rehearsals

    Our winter rehearsals have been happening as scheduled so far! For the first time since the pandemic started we are allowed to hold in-person rehearsals at the MLB. To accommodate those who are outside of Ann Arbor or are otherwise unable to come, we have been using a hybrid model with part of the choir in the same room and part on a Zoom call.

  • Information about Winter Auditions

    Interested in singing, being a part of an inclusive community, and engaging with others who are similarly passionate? Audition for the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club! Use this link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DAAA72EA6FE3-womens1) to sign up for a time slot, or email ebrumley@umich.edu to request an alternate time. Auditions will be held over Zoom (https://umich.zoom.us/j/98741405334). We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Welcome New Members

    We welcomed 14 newGlees (glee newbies) this semester! Check out our Instagram for spotlights on these members. We are getting geared up to begin with our Grand Night for Singing repertoire.

  • Information about Fall Auditions

    Auditions will be held via Zoom on Friday, September 4 from 5PM-9PM EST. Sign up for a five-minute time slot using the Sing-Up Genius link below. However, you are encouraged to come early and meet our executive board before your time slot. During your audition with our director, Dr. Skadsem, you will be asked to sight sing, demonstrate vocal range and tonal memory, and perform a short (approximately 30 second) solo of your choice.
    Link to sign-up for an audition time slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DAAA72EA6FE3-womens
    Link to the audition Zoom meeting:
    https://umich.zoom.us/j/93118572257 (Meeting ID: 931 1857 2257)
    We look forward to meeting all of you!

Stay safe, and Go Blue!

About Us

The University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club is a choral ensemble representing undergraduate and graduate women from diverse fields across the U of M campus. Composed primarily of non-music majors, WGC gives female students the opportunity to express their love of music through performance, community outreach, and travel.

As a club, WGC allows students to meet a wide variety of friends who share a common interest in music. Founded in 1893, the Women’s Glee Club has a long history of enriching the university community and the lives of our hundreds of alumnae. As we look to the past for inspiration, the members of the Women’s Glee Club focus on the future and strive to become an enduring tradition at the University of Michigan.

Learn more about UMWGC’s Musical Direction.

History

The primary mission of the Women’s Glee Club has remained consistent throughout its long history—to provide an opportunity for women at the University of Michigan to keep music in their lives regardless of their academic backgrounds. The club has taken many shapes and forms over the years, but our hundreds of fond alumnae can attest to the success of this philosophy. From the beginning, excellence in performance and community outreach have been the vehicles for our accomplishments.

Follow this link to learn more about UMWGC’s legacy on campus.

Tours

Women’s Glee Club just returned from their summer 2018 Italy tour, where they spent their time performing in various venues in Florence, Rome, and Venice. WGC also had the privilege of being able to perform during Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Learn more about our past tours.

Alumnae

For over 125 years, Women’s Glee has been providing a community for women on the University of Michigan’s campus, but that community only expands after graduation. With over 700 active alumnae, alumnae relations is vital in maintaining our community. Our Vice President and Alumnae relations char are building community and maintaining sisterhood through communication, performance opportunities, and a biannual newsletter, the Arioso.

If you are an alumna who is interested in reconnecting with your Sisters in Song, please click here to learn more.

Check out our most recent Arioso and Yearbook below to keep up with all the events that Women’s Glee Club has participated in this past year!

Midnight Blue

In 2006, a vocal jazz octet (later to be named “Midnight Blue”) was formed in the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club. The octet underwent drastic changes in 2009, expanding its repertoire to include pop, doo-wop, hip-hop, be-bop, doo-wop, tragic ballads, and side-splitting parodies. Since joining the Michigan A Cappella Council in 2010, Midnight Blue earned a stellar reputation around campus, being described as “kind of funny” and lovingly referred to as “that one group, I think they were girls who sang about dating a GSI.” Starting again in 2018 after a short break in 2017, the new Midnight Blue brings a new sound and an increase to 13 members!

Members of Midnight Blue in 2019-20
Allie Trotter-Wright, Amanda Naccarato, Emily Brumley, Shannon Kenny, Christina Toeller, Makenzie Yankovich, Daniela Martinez, Lena Swirczek, Hallie Fox, Claire Cook, Jane Schmid, Autumn Lynch (not pictured).

The new Midnight Blue shares a passion for female empowerment and performing all kinds of music together. When they’re not performing, you can probably catch them arguing about the technicalities of food categories (are Pop Tarts ravioli? Is cereal a soup? Still up for debate) or spending too much money at Pizza House!