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About Glass City Singers

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The Glass City Singers is a new choral ensemble in Toledo, founded in January 2017. This group is made up of young singers between the ages of 16-30. Members are selected from the highest quality high school, collegiate, and young professional singers in the Toledo area.

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  • To provide a choral experience of the highest quality to all singers
  • To provide a choral experience for high school students seeking to go beyond the opportunities on their home campus, and to prepare them for collegiate choral experiences
  • To provide college students with additional performance opportunities, and leadership opportunities within a prestigious choral ensemble
  • To provide young professional singers and music educators with a choral experience as they transition into the professional performance world
  • To create exciting performances which engage and involve the Toledo community

2017-2018 Auditions

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 5:30-9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017,  4-9 p.m.

Interested singers may click here to register for an audition 

Singers will be expected to:

  • Prepare a song to sing – Music may be accompanied or a cappella (singers must provide own accompanist)
  • Demonstrate basic music knowledge

Rehearsals/Fees

Singers who are selected for the ensemble will be asked to pay a $100 fee. This fee will help to cover costs of our accompanist and music purchases for the 2017-2018.

Rehearsals Begin September 12

Rehearsals will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm, starting September 12, in the University of Toledo Choral Rehearsal Room (CPA 2017). Singers who are not able to attend all rehearsals may be subject to removal from the ensemble. [Absences will be excused on a case by case basis at the discretion of the director.] 

About the Director

Brad Pierson is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo. Brad earned his B.M. from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, M.M from California State University-Los Angeles, and D.M.A. from the University of Washington. Prior to his appointment at Toledo, he was an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Western Illinois University. Previously, Pierson taught at Cheyenne High School and Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, where his choirs earned superior ratings in Nevada, California, and Arizona. In 2005, Brad founded the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit, an event bringing contemporary a cappella music to high school students. Brad has presented at the Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Convention (2009, 2010), ACDA Western (2010), Southwestern (2016), and Northwestern (2016) Division Conferences, as well as the Illinois Music Education Conference (2015, 2016).

In 2012, Brad founded whateverandeveramen., a project-based choral ensemble which is focused on breaking down the traditional audience/performer paradigm by creating unique, and non-traditional performance events. w&ea. has performed the world premiere of works by Paul Ayres, David V. Montoya, and several other young composers. Most recently, in an effort to bring a new voice to choral music, they commissioned a new work for eight voices by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane.

Contact

Dr. Brad Pierson
Bradley.Pierson2@utoledo.edu  
702.561.1653 (Cell)

Last Updated: 6/16/17