Purdue, Cornell glee clubs join together in night of music, tradition

Members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and the Cornell University Glee Club combined for a joint concert Tuesday night.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 8:01 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and the Cornell University Glee Club combined for a joint concert Tuesday night. More than 120 male voices from the universities, which are nearly 600 miles apart, filled the sanctuary at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lafayette.

The Cornell Glee Club made the stop in town while on their spring break tour. The Ivy League school's premiere male ensemble is composed of 55 students studying disciplines from music and medicine, to agriculture and astronomy.

The ensembles are two of the oldest collegiate male singing groups in the country. The Cornell Glee Club will be 150 years old next year, and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club will celebrate 125 years of existance in October.

Michael Roesel, a member of the Purdue Glee Club, said the chance to get so many musicians together at once is something both groups will benefit from.

"You know, two collegiate groups like this don't often get to interact with each other," said Roesel. "The fact that we got to do that tonight is an experience none of us will ever forget."


This isn't the first time the two groups have collaborated. In 2012, they held a joint concert in West Lafayette.

If you missed the concert, there are several more chances to catch the Purdue Varsity Glee Club this year. The group will perform its annual "End of Season" concert at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette on May 12. You can buy tickets here

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