Our History

The Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1958, it has steadily grown to its present membership of 180 voices, with over 400 annually auditioning for the ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men’s Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond.
Each year the choir includes a diverse and unique representation of the university community. Choir members originate not only from the United States and Canada, but from countries throughout the world. Of the 180 members only a few are music majors with the remainder drawn from every college and department of the university. Over 2/3 of the chorus have served LDS missions throughout the world, and a large number are planning to serve after their 18th or 19th birthdays.

TIMELINE


2013

On April 5th, 2013, the choir released their first free album, “Set Apart: Beloved Missionary Hymns.” The album includes new arrangements of well-known missionary hymns and intends to be a source of strength and inspiration to the thousands of missionaries in the world. To download, visit the website http://setapartalbum.com


2012

The tour to Tuacahn was canceled due to inclement weather. The Men’s Chorus performed their whole program, free of charge and in turn asked for donations to the Sandy relief effort. Over 2700 dollars was donated.


2012

The Men’s Chorus teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and helped build a house in Orem, UT.


2011

The Men’s Chorus performs with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the BYU Homecoming Spectacular.


2006

The Men’s Chorus performs for the western division convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Salt Lake City.


2005

The Men’s Chorus releases a new CD, Praise Him, this being the third volume of anthems, folk songs, and hymns.


2003

The Men’s Chorus releases it’s third CD, The Road Home, along with other BYU choral groups.


2000

The Men’s Chorus Outreach 2000 is born and perform several benefit concerts and the first concert for Utah high schools.

The Men’s Chorus also tours New Mexico, and their live benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity airs on KBYU and BYUTV.


1999

Rosalind Hall is named Men’s Chorus Director.


1997

A second CD, Awake, My Soul, is released by Deseret Book.


1996

The Men’s Chorus travels to Pasadena, California to perform for the western division convention of the American Choral Directors Association.


1995

The first CD recorded by the Men’s Chorus, Shout With Glory, is released by Deseret Book.


1984

Mack Wilberg is appointed the director of Men’s Chorus. Under his direction, Men’s Chorus becomes the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country with over 400 annually auditioning for the choir.


1958

Ralph Woodward takes over as Men’s Chorus director with short periods under Maughn McCurdie, Gaylin Thomas, and Jarolde Harris.


1952

Norman Gulbrandson becomes the director of Male Glee; three years later, BYU offers Men’s Chorus as an official class.


1901

Male Glee, the forerunner of the BYU Men’s Chorus, is organized, directed by Anthon C. Lund until the mid-twenties, followed by Florence Jepperson Madsen and her husband, Franklin, with short periods under William F. Hanson and John R. Holliday.

(Note: Men’s Chorus begins to rehearse in the Madsen Recital Hall)