Glee Club performing at Pomona College in April 2016

This year’s post-Commencement tour by the Pomona College Glee Club, under the leadership of conductor Donna M. Di Grazia, takes the ensemble to northern and central Italy to perform a classical, all-a cappella program in some of the most resonant ecclesiastical spaces in Europe. Among the performance venues are St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria an UNESCO site in Pisa.

The 2016 Glee Club boasts an elite membership of 31 singers, all who passed a rigorous audition, and is part of Pomona’s rich choral tradition that began in the late 1800s. Today it continues with two mixed-voice ensembles: the larger College Choir and the Glee Club. 

Recent tour destinations have included London, Kraków, Wrocław, Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, New York, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu and Vancouver, British Columbia. The group has sung by invitation at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, at the famous Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in New York City and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The Italy tour follows on the heels of three campus performances earlier this semester, in addition to singing at baccalaureate and Commencement. All performances are open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (909) 621-8155 or concerts@pomona.edu.

2016 Italy Performance Schedule

  • Thursday, May 19, 9 p.m. - Basilica di San Nicolò, Lecco
  • Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m. - Chiesa di San Salvador, Venice
  • Sunday, May 22, 12 p.m. - Basilica di San Marco, Venice (featured choir at Mass)
  • Tuesday, May 24, 9 p.m. - Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, Pisa
  • Wednesday, May 25, 9 p.m., - Basilica Santa Trinità, Florence
  • Friday, May 27, 9 p.m. - Chiesa San Marcello al Corso, Rome
  • Saturday, May 28, 5 p.m. - Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City (featured choir at Mass)

2016 Repertoire

Ascendit Deus - G. P. da Palestrina

Ave verum corpus - William Byrd

Lauda Jerusalem Dominum from the 1610 Vespers - Claudio Monteverdi

Exultate justi in Domino - Lodovico Viadana

Magnificat - Arvo Pärt

Vezzosi augelli - Giaches de Wert

O vos omnes - Carlo Gesualdo

When David heard - Thomas Tomkins

Cantate Domino - Claudio Monteverdi

Ave maris stella - Ariel Quintana

Lay a Garland - Robert Pearsall

Angelus Domini - Josef Rheinberger

Tu es Petrus - Maurice Duruflé

Ubi caritas - Paul Mealor

The Heart’s Reflection - Daniel Elder

Amazing Grace - arr. Daniel Brinsmead

Way Over in Beulah Land - arr. Stacey Gibbs