The oldest musical ensemble on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is filled with male students from many academic disciplines.
Pitt’s Men’s Glee Club will perform as part of the Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.
For this performance, the group will be singing the “Requiem,” with organist Nicholas Will, organist and music director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carnegie, Allegheny County.
The club also will perform a few American a cappella works, ranging from spirituals and folk songs to popular tin-pan alley classics.
In May, the group will travel to Europe once again to perform concerts in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
One of the highlights of the tour will be a collaboration with the Arenberg Orkest, a student orchestra based in Louvain, Belgium.
With the Orkest, the glee club will perform the seldom heard “Requiem in D Minor” by Luigi Cherubini.
Written in 1834, the work is rarely heard because of the rarity of good male choirs who can successfully deliver the difficult choral writing.
The glee club is a selectively auditioned ensemble that has sung throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe and has been featured at two World’s Fairs as well as performing on WQED-FM radio in Pittsburgh.
Richard Teaster has been the glee club’s music director for
13 years, and the group has seen an unprecedented renaissance in membership and musical caliber.
In addition to conducting the glee club, Teaster teaches private voice lessons at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches the popular Class Voice: Introduction to Singing course as part of the basic musicianship curriculum of the music department.
He also is an instructor and music director at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s musical theater program.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Teaster served two seasons as the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus.
His local affiliations have included the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University, Pitt Repertory Theater, and the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater/CLO Mini-Stars.
As a singer, Teaster has performed with Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque and Pittsburgh Symphony.
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