Join the Glee Club
GAC Glee Club is on summer break, but we'll be welcoming new members when rehearsals begin the third Wednesday of September,. So join us as we prepare a unique program of song from the Irish in America. The Glee Club is a great way to celebrate our Irish Heritage. The group rehearses at the club at 6:30pm every Wednesday and begin on September 6th.Come and give it a try!
The rejuvenated Glee Club has performed for our Memorial Mass, presented a Christmas Program, and "We Will Remember," a program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the numbers may be smaller than the original group, the spirit and love for singing vibrantly permeates the Glee Club's reincarnation. New members are always warmly welcomed.
A Strong Beginning
The Gaelic-American Glee Club began in 1995 with fifty enthusiastic singers. The group flourished and grew to over one hundred strong. Co-founders Art Begin and Ed O'Connor led the group through many sucessful years including concerts at The ReginaQuick Center, the Fairfield County Irish Festival, the Levitt Pavillion and a trip to Ireland with a concert at the U.S.Embassy. After twenty years, attrition and changing times brought the group to a hiatus.
Rebirth of a Treasured Tradition
In 2015 the Glee Club was revived by Mary Ellen Lyons, a newly retired New Canaan Public Schools music teacher. "Commemorating the 1916 Rising needs voices to be raised in song!" Mary Ellen insisted. With the blessing and support of the GAC executive board and the urging of past Glee Club members, rehearsals began in the Fall of 2015.