The Mendelssohn Glee Club was able to reach its historic150th-year milestone in large part because of supporters like you. If you attended our spring or winter gala anniversary concerts, and have not yet had the opportunity to contribute to MGC, we'd like you to know that your financial help is still welcome and appreciated.

MGC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  All contributions are tax deductible.

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Contact Us

To make an appointment for an audition, please contact the conductor at 212-362-8550 or click here

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, Edward Darnall (email).


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 Seventh Day Adventist Church, 163 W. 93rd Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).

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 2018 winter season begin September 10.




at our
2018 Annual Winter Holiday Concert
Tuesday evening, December 11

MGC and guest artists

Kirsten Scott, mezzo-soprano
Eric Yves Garcia, singer-pianist


Yesterday, Tonight, and Tomorrow--
As Time Goes By

featuring works by

Leonard Bernstein, W. S  Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, Paul McCartney, Gioachino Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Strauss, Pete Seeger, Charles Aznavour, Harry Warren, Georges Bizet, Kurt Weill, and others


Tuesday evening, December 11; 7pm
Stephen Wise Synagogue
30 West 68th Street, New York City (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)

admission free

Robbie Lee at the piano--

more info at 212-362-8550 or click here


Love to Sing?
please join us! 

Become a Part of Our
 Venerable 152-Year History

audition now for spring season
 (beginning  February 2019

rehearsals take place Monday evenings
 on the Upper West Side, culminating in a gala concert in May

contact conductor Gene Wisoff
at 212-362-8550 or click here

MGC Celebrates 150th Anniversary
 With Second Gala Concert
The Mendelssohn Glee Club presented a second gala concert of its 150th year (photo at top), this time at the Stephen Wise Synagogue (West 68th Street) on December 13, 2016.

About 400 people attended the free performance, which featured music from the Great American Songbook. Guest artists included jazz pianist John di Martino and vocalists Lauren Kinhan and Judy Niemack. A champagne reception followed. Audio and video TBP.

MGC Presents Opera Slam at
First Concert of 150th Anniversary

Almost 400 concertgoers -- old friends and newcomers to the Club's performances --attended the gala at Merkin Concert Hall on May 10, 2016. The guest soloists, eight artists from the world of opera, included Met stars soprano Aprile Millo and tenor Barry Banks. The Club performed works from its extensive repertoire and new music, with a premiere by celebrated composer Mohammed Fairouz.

WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon emceed the event, local politicians presented proclamations and plaques, and the Club was honored to have a vice president of the New-York Historical Society, Dr. Valerie Paley, give a brief talk.  

The concert was followed by a catered champagne reception with jazz pianist John di Martino.

Mendelssohn Glee Club, May 10, 2016
gala 150th anniversary concert (part 1)
Mendelssohn Glee Club, May 10, 2016
gala 150th anniversary concert (part 2)
MGC Sings at
Brooklyn Cyclones Game
in Coney Island (June 2015)
Men Who Sing
Documentary Featuring MGC
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.

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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 here 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 menís chorus in the country and the second oldest independent musical organization (after the New York Philharmonic).


The Club gives two major performances a year, in the May and December.  


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.

Past performances

For details about other performances,
click here

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

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.



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

About Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn 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.


Contact us

To make an appointment for an audition, please contact conductor Gene Wisoff (email) or at 212-362-8550. 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the president, Edward Darnall (email).


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