The Catskill Glee Club (male chorus) was organized
in 1927. During the first concert, on May 1, 1928, a fire broke out in a nearby
business district. Two members of the club, who also happened to be
firefighters, responded and were overcome by smoke. The concert went on as
scheduled but without the two men.
its founding, the Catskill Glee Club has had five conductors, nine accompanists,
and five assistant accompanists. Sixteen members served in the Armed Forces and
one member, who was awarded the Bronze Star, was killed in France in 1944. There have been 134 spring and winter concerts and over 650 road performances. Spring 2014 marks our 87th season.
We sing in a variety of musical styles --
from Renaissance to rock -- including folk and popular
songs, classical pieces, spirituals, sacred music, and show
The Club performs a winter concert in
December and a spring concert in May on Tuesday evening at
the First Reformed Church in Catskill.
Road concerts (several each year) are on Monday evenings. Concert dress is a
tuxedo, but a black suit will do in a pinch.
April 16, 2016, at the First Reformed Church in Catskill,
the Catskill Glee Club hosted the 57th annual massed concert
of the Mohawk Hudson Male Chorus Association.
Singing with the Catskill Glee
Club were the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus,
Mendelssohn Club of Albany, and Mendelssohn
Club of Kingston. Each club performed
individually in the first half of the concert. In
the second half the clubs joined together in
works by such composers as Richard Rogers, Ralph
Vaughan Williams, and Arthur Sullivan.
Members come from Columbia, Greene,
and Ulster counties and from the Capitol District.
Dues are $20 per year.
Michael Wright joined the Catskill Glee Club as conductor in
been a singing member of the Mendelssohn Club of Albany for
over 20 years and is currently that clubís assistant
conductor. He also serves, since 2012, as co-conductor of
the Yankee Male Chorus for its annual four-day summer tour
in New England.
Wright received bachelorís and masterís degrees in piano
performance from Indiana University, where he was a pupil of
the late Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet. While at Indiana,
he also studied conducting, participated in conducting
ensembles, and sang under the baton of such notables as
Robert Shaw, John Nelson, Helmut Rilling, and Margaret
a member of the Mohawk Hudson Male Chorus Association and
the Conductors Club of New York.