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Boston College. Glee Club


Historical note

The first Glee Club was founded in 1887 as a secular counterpart to the St. Cecilia Society, and performed a variety of concerts and operettas. The director, Charles E. McLaughlin, formed an orchestra to accompany the 1892 operetta, and the ensemble continued after that performance. The Musical Clubs lapsed somewhat during the period of 1895-1913, with some years having no musical ensembles, others only an orchestra, and others only a choir. The Glee Club was revitalized in 1913 by Joseph Gildea (class of 1913) as a student-run club coached by Thomas J. Hurley (class of 1885), who also composed music for the ensemble. The Musical Clubs underwent a brief hiatus during both World Wars, from 1917-1918 and 1942-1946. Musical Clubs concerts, both on- and off-campus, regularly featured the Glee Club and Orchestra, as well as vocal soloists and instrumental quartets or octets. Though largely student-run, the Musical Clubs were guided by conductors, including Walter Mayo (class of 1923) and Theodore Marier, and by faculty moderators, including Henry Callahan, SJ, Daniel J. Foley, SJ, and Thomas P. O’Malley, SJ. In 1962, the Glee Club welcomed women into its ranks and became the University Chorale, directed by C. Alexander Peloquin.

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Boston College student musical ensembles collection


Records, predominantly programs, photographs, and recordings, of official Boston College student musical ensembles and their predecessors, including both instrumental and vocal ensembles under the purview of the Bands Program and the Music Department.

Restrictions on Access Collection is open for research. Some audiovisual recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room. Remaining audiovisual recordings are not available for playback due to format impermanence and have not been reformatted. Please let Burns Library Public Services know of your specific interest; if possible, reformatting will be scheduled. ...
Dates: 1882-2021