The Glass Menagerie Chorus is a long-established downtown performing arts group with a 60-voice chorus of non-professional singers. Their mission is to share great music with the community at affordable concerts in beautiful Manhattan venues. Choristers come from many walks of life; they are teachers, lawyers, artists, craftsmen, service workers and caregivers. Together, the men and women of the chorus learn with joy through the study and performance of a challenging range of secular and sacred choral music honoring the vibrant diversity of our city. The group is named for founder/director, Dr. Susan Glass, noted music educator and member of NYU’s Music Education Faculty.
The chorus began in 1984 with a small group of parents and teachers at the Little Red School House (LREI), and has grown every year in numbers, musical accomplishment, breadth of repertoire, and reputation. The chorus offers two major concerts annually, plus occasional free performances at senior centers. Performances include music of every period and style, from intimate choral settings of Shakespeare sonnets, to masterworks such as the Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat in D. Recent concerts have featured Kodály’s Missa Brevis paired with the African Missa Luba; Greek and Eastern European folk music performed in collaboration with a Brooklyn-based Balkan ensemble; Robert De Cormier’s suite of Christmas spirituals Shout for Joy; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; and Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra.