The West Point Glee Club is one of the U.S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and CD and DVD recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional ceremonial duties, and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events.
Under the direction of Constance Chase since 1999, the Glee Club has performed in recent years at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Grand Ole Opry, and Ground Zero on the first anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. It has appeared with the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, given scores of concerts throughout the United States, and produced recordings including the CD Live at Notre Dame (2007); the DVD/CD Stand Ye Steady (2005) with guest artist Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga; the CD Voice of the Corps (2003), and the original hymn Mansions of the Lord for the closing credits of the Paramount feature film We Were Soldiers (2002). The Glee Club recorded ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired,” with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed with him at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Show in Las Vegas, aired live on CBS. A live concert for PBS with the West Point Band and pianist Marina Arsenijevic, Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity, continues to air nationally on PBS affiliates. The Glee Club’s 2008 Carnegie Hall performance drew critical praise from the New York Times for its “robust, well-prepared singing,” of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera The Tsar’s Bride with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Conductor. Last season the Glee Club appeared in the Fox News holiday special, A West Point Holiday, and the Showtime Sports/CBS Sports docu-drama A Game of Honor. The Glee Club is in frequent demand for nationally televised appearances by invitation of the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, New York Yankees, Knicks and Rangers, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, the BCS National Championship, the Fiesta Bowl, the Breeders Cup, Super Bowl XXXIX, and Madison Square Garden. They also recentely recorded an album at Skywalker Sound, one of the world's premier recording venues.
Upon graduation from the Academy, cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and begin their service to the nation as officers in the United States Army. Many former Glee Club members return to the West Point Alumni Glee Club after their years in the Army. The camaraderie enjoyed by Glee Club members in their pursuit of performance excellence is best summed-up in the club’s time-honored motto: