Department of Music

About Glass City Singers

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The Glass City Singers is a new choral ensemble in Toledo, founded in January 2017. We exclusively perform music written in the 21st century written by living composer. Beginning in 2019, this group is open to all singers over the age of 16. 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 commission and premiere new choral music
  • To create exciting performances which engage and involve the Toledo community

2019-2020 Auditions

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 5:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019,  4-7 p.m.

Interested singers may click below to register for an audition. Please note there are two different registration forms - one for adult singers and one for minors. Thanks.

Singer Registration Form (Adults Ages 18+)            Singer Registration Form (Minors Under 18)

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
  • No cost to audition


Singers who are selected for the ensemble will be asked to pay a $100 fee. 

Rehearsals Begin September 10, 2019

Rehearsals will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm, starting September 10, 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.] 

Minor Consent Form

This form is required for all minors who will be participating in the Glass City Singers. The link to the form is below.

Minor Consent Form

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.


Dr. Brad Pierson  
702.561.1653 (Cell)

Last Updated: 6/23/21