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Men who have some music reading ability or musical or choral experience are invited to audition.

To schedule an audition, please contact the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550 or email him here.


We rehearse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.).

Computer sheet music with audible notes for each voice is provided  to facilitate learning at home.

Day and time: Monday from 7 to 9:15 pm. Street parking is usually available at our rehearsal hours. 

Schedule: Rehearsals for the 2014 winter season begin September 8.




audition now for our
winter 2014 season
Rehearsals (beginning in September) take place Monday evenings on the Upper West Side, culminating in a gala holiday concert in December.

For more information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact conductor Gene Wisoff at 212-362-8550 or email him here.

Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.


Men Who Sing
Documentary Featuring MGC
click on image to view trailer
Men Who Sing: The 56-minute documentary showcases MGC's rich history since its founding in 1866 and recent resurgence.

The film follows the Club from rehearsals through performances over two years, providing glimpses of the singers and conductor at work and at play, and features interviews with both members and others connected to the chorus.

Click here to learn more about the DVD and to place an order.

It's hoped that the documentary will inspire other men who love to sing to come forth and let their voices be heard. If you would like to audition for the Club, please contact conductor Gene Wisoff at GeneWisoff@aol.com or phone 212-362-8550.

The Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City was founded in 1866. Named for composer Felix Mendelssohn, the Club has offered for the enjoyment of our members and friends at least two concerts in every year of our existence. The nonprofit organization is the oldest men’s chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).


We are always adding to our eclectic library of over 1,600 male choral pieces. Our repertoire includes art songs, ballads, spirituals, hymns, seasonal works, operatic choruses, lieder, barbershop songs, and selections from musical theater. Recent performances.

Historic highlights

The glee club received accolades from Sir Arthur Sullivan and Arturo Toscanini and sang at the dedication of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1888.  Its conductors have included Joseph Mosenthal, Edward MacDowell, Frank Damrosch, Cesare Sodero, Emerson Buckley, and John Royer Bogue. Guest soloists have included Victor Herbert, Helen Traubel, Aprile Millo, and Emily Pulley.  Detailed history


Listen to Lars Hoel's feature about MGC on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday (December 23, 2007). Click here.

The Club gives two major performances a year, in the spring and winter.   .

2014 Annual Spring Concert
(second performance of 148th season)

Date: Tuesday evening, May 13; 7:30 pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
Guest artist: French mezzo-soprano Anna Cley
Admission: free

Program highlights

Consisting of sixteen varied works, the spring concert program ranged from a Renaissance madrigal and American folk song to a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan and a jazz classic and no fewer than five other pieces sung by the Club for the first time.

MGC opened with the 1595 madrigal “Now Is the Month of Maying,” by Thomas Morley, a piece replete with naughty double meanings. Richard Nance’s “Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now,” part of Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad, is based on the poetry of A. E. Hausman and was a premiere performance for the Club. 

Other first-time offerings by the men of Mendelssohn were Allist MacGillivray’s modern ballad “Away from the Roll of the Sea”; a traditional spiritual, “Goin’ Up to Glory,” based on a field-holler work song; the 1956 comic country novelty song “The Auctioneer,” by Leroy Van Dyke and Buddy Black; and Amy F. Bernon’s lovely ballad “Come In from the Firefly Darkness.”

MGC did its rendition of Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s “Lulu’s Back in Town,” from the 1935 musical Broadway Gondolier. The song has been covered by performers from Basin Street to Sesame Street, including Fats Waller and Mel Tormé.

Also on the program was the 19th-century folk song  (and unofficial national anthem of Australia) “Waltzing Matilda”; the strongly marchlike “With Catlike Tread,” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; Billy Joel’s plaintive reflection on a doomed romance “And So It Goes”; and Franz Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s lied “The Omnipotence” (“Die Allmacht”).

From the realm of jazz classics, the Club performed Victor Young’s romantic ballad “Stella By Starlight,” from the 1944 film The Uninvited (with lyrics, written in 1946, by Ned Washington)—a song that has been recorded by Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, Nat King Cole, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, and Miles Davis among dozens of other artists.

Past performances

For details about other performances,
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Click here to read a review of our spring 2013 concert by Barron's blogger Richard C. Morais.

About Felix Mendelssohn

The year 2009 marked Felix Mendelssohn's 200th birthday. He was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany. His best-known works include A Midsummer Night's Dream (with the famous "Wedding March"); his four symphonies (especially the "Italian" and the "Scottish"); a violin concerto; piano pieces entitled Songs Without Words; and the oratorio Elias (a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists).

Mendelssohn inspired the creation of many choral clubs -- amateur and professional -- including the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, founded in 1866.

The Mendelssohn name was adopted in recognition of the composer's important role, historically, in choral music. Not the least of his contributions to European and world culture was his crusade to bring attention to the choral works, genius, and deserved preeminence of Johann Sebastian Bach.       


We hope that our audiences have enjoyed our performances as much as we have enjoyed singing. Please keep in mind that the ability of the Club to continue depends on financial support from friends like you. Donations.

Benefit recitals and special performances

The Club serves the community by performing at local hospitals and senior centers and singing at special events. 

Click here to read about benefit recitals.

We welcome the opportunity to share our joy of singing. If you would be interested in having the Club perform for your organization, please contact us.

Contact Us
To make an appointment for an audition, please contact the conductor at 212-362-8550 or send email to GeneWisoff@aol.com. 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo: jamskier@aol.com.  

The Mendelssohn Glee Club would like to thank radio station WQXR for its generous support.
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