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Members
 
Past Presidents
Francis C. Bowman
1866-1869
Horace Howland
1869-1877
Townsend Cox
1877-1881
Horatio J. Brewer
1881-1883
Robert H. Robertson
1883-1894
Horatio J. Brewer
1894-1897
Frederick A. Stokes
1897-1900
Allan Robinson
1900-1906
Benjamin Prince
1906-1912
Horatio J. Brewer
1912-1915
Howard S. Borden
1915-1920
John T. Gillespie
1920-1924
Louis Morris Starr
1924-1927
Allan Robinson
1927-1936
Carroll Blakely Low
1936-1939

Charles W. Ferris
1939-1944
Harvey Enders
1944-1947
Louis Gillespie
1947-1950
Lacy Wisdom
1950-1952
Robert Pierce
1952-1961
Otto G. Glander
1961-1964
Robert Pierce
1964-1979
Warren Grasing
1979-1981
Richard L. Farren
1981-1984
Otto G. Glander
1984-1986
Milan Valuch
1986-1991
Martin Edelman
1991-2003
Charles J. Hayes
2003-2004
Jerry Merzon
2004-2007
John Memmolo
2007-2017
 
 
 
 

MGC's 33 singers are from all parts of the New York metro area and beyond, including one member who commutes from Houston, Texas. They range in age from their twenties to their eighties and have varied professional backgrounds, including realtor, writer, attorney, chef, educator, physical therapist, chemist, student, IT professional, geologist, artist, and clergyman.

Annual dues:

$250 (under 30 years of age)
$350 (30 and older)
$700 (for members who would also like to be listed as a Patron under Donors)

New members begin paying dues after the first six months. (Dues cover the cost of rehearsal and performance spaces as well as the stipends for the conductor and accompanist.)

 
 
OFFICERS AND STAFF

President 
Edward C. Darnall

Vice President
Jack Willoughby

Secretary
Joe Hatem

Treasurer
Ben Rinzler

Executive Committee Member and
Past President

Martin P. Edelman
 
Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Richard Farren

Historian
Richard Farren

Conductor
Gene Wisoff

Accompanist
Saffron Chung

 

SINGERS
(date following each name indicates first year of membership)


First Tenors

Walter Bottger, 1966 (on leave)
Martin P. Edelman, 1986
Ron Forbes, 2006
Elmer Joerg, 1993
Arthur Jones, 2005
John VanCouvering, 2006
Clell Tickle, 2018

 
Second Tenors

Edward C. Darnall, 1973
Walter Epstein, 2010
Renato Ferreira de Araujo, 2018
George Friedlander, 2018
Joe Hatem, 2014
Kevin Kang, 2007
Joseph Mahon, 2012
John Memmolo, 1998
Jon Pohlmann, 1999 (on leave)
Christopher Wight, 2014 (on leave)


Baritones
 
Richard L. Farren, 1977
Paul Hartmann, 2017
Charles Hardy, 2009
Bob Laven, 2008 (on leave)
Kelly-Ray Meritt, 1996 (on leave)
Jerry Merzon, 1995
David Middaugh, 2015
Jack Willoughby, 2006



Basses
 
David Anchel, 2009
Chris Frie, 2001 (on leave)
Nick Johnson, 2018
Stan Nevins, 2010
Dennis O'Neill, 2017
Silviu Popescu, 2010 (on leave)
Steven Ridley, 2017
Ben Rinzler, 2010

 
IN MEMORIAM
Jack Mendelson
 

Jack Mendelson, MGC program committee chairman and member for 25 years, died in August 2016 after a protracted illness. He was 78. 

He was a structural engineer and took great pride in his work, which was often challenging and complex--from  overseeing the installation of bank vaults and MRI machines to hanging an airplane in the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

He loved the arts, especially opera, theater, and ballet. He had an extensive knowledge of singers and opera repertoire. 

Jack passed down his passion for classical music to his children in part by doggedly insisting on keeping the car radio tuned to WQXR. He loved the Yankees, and his family, sparked by his contagious enthusiasm, became avid fans as well. 

MGC conductor Gene Wisoff tells this story: “I was impressed by Jack’s perceptiveness when it came to judging singers. I recall one audition in particular of a soprano [to perform as guest artist]. I thought she sang well and wanted to hire her. Jack said no; he said she lacked feeling. He was right, as usual. I had focused on her vocal ability; I missed the fact--but Jack did not--that she sang with her head and not her heart.”  

The Club dedicates tonight’s performance of Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are” to Sharon and Jack Mendelson. It was the song played for the first dance at their wedding. Jack and Sharon were married for 54 years. 

Jack was kind and generous to the Club and its members. He always made the new singers feel welcome. He will be sorely missed.

 
The Mendelssohn Glee Club celebrated its 150th anniversary on May 10, 2016 with a gala concert at Merkin Hall. (click here for video)