Thank You... everyone who made our 150th anniversary concert on May 10 a resounding success! The Club especially wants to express its gratitude to Morgan Stanley for its generous support and to our other donors and patrons who have helped us achieve this remarkable milestone.

Almost 400 concertgoers -- old friends and newcomers to the Club's performances --attended the gala at Merkin Concert Hall. 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, Valerie Paley, give a brief talk.  

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

(Full details about the concert, including photos and video, will be posted shortly.)

Join Us!
audition now for the fall season
and perform with us in a second gala concert

Do you love to sing? You can still be a part of history by helping us celebrate the second half of our 150th anniversary year. The Club will present another gala concert on December 13, with a new program and guest artists. 

If you would like to participate (rehearsals are held on Monday evening on the Upper West Side),  please contact  conductor Gene Wisoff ( or at 212-362-8550).

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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 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 2016 winter season begin in September.




MGC Sings at
Brooklyn Cyclones Game
in Coney Island (June 2015)
Men Who Sing
Documentary Featuring MGC
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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 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).


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.   .

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

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. 


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 

For general questions about the Club or for additional information, please contact the President, John Memmolo:  

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