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You've made the decision to come to Caltech to study. You probably considered many aspects of Caltech life before you made your choice: you were impressed by the hard-earned academic reputation, or the quality of the faculty, or the unique and special realities of undergraduate life. Consider what you will do to be creative in fields of learning other than math and physics. Every student here needs some release from academic pressures, and being a part of the Glee Club is an excellent diversion from the often daunting workload. Join the Glee Club!

Interested in singing with us? We welcome all members of the Caltech/JPL community, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, staff, faculty, and spouses. No experience is necessary! We accept new members at the beginning of each term (end of September, beginning of January, and end of March).

Caltech Glee Clubs are non-auditioned, but the director would like to greet you and hear your voice. No-fail auditions will be held for Men's and Women's Glee Clubs at the Caltech Music House, located at 305 South Hill. You may bring a piece to sing (with an extra copy for the accompanist), or just come and we'll find something for you.

Auditions for Chamber Singers selection will also be held at this time.

Sign up in the Music House during the week prior to auditions, or at the Club Fair on             . Available time slots are:

  • Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 28 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact our director, Nancy Sulahian.

Reasons set downe to perswade every one to learne to singe.

  1. First, it is a knowlede easily taught, and quickly learned, where there is a good Master, and an apt Scholar.
  2. The exercise of singing is delightfull to nature, and good to preserue the health of Man.
  3. It doth strengthen all parts of the brest, and doth open the pipes.
  4. It is the best means to procure a perfect pronunciation, and to make a good orator.
  5. It is the onely way to know where Nature hath bestowed the benefit of a good voyce' which guift is so rare, as there is not one in a thousand that hath it: and in many, that excellent guift is lost, because they want Art to express Nature.
  6. There is not any Musicke of Instrument whatsoeuer, comparable to that which is made of the Voyces of Men, where voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered.

Since singing is so good a thing I wish all Men would learne to singe.

- William Byrd, 1588