The Men's Glee Club is the most active of the Naval Academy's musical organizations and has achieved national prominence as one of America's premier men's choral ensembles. Recent appearances on network television include The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), The Early Show (CBS), Christmas in Washington (NBC and TNT), and Good Morning, America (ABC). It has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad including Chile, Argentina, and multiple European tours with performances at St. Peters in the Vatican, cathedrals in Brussels, Wells, Winchester, Salisbury, and St. Paul’s in London.
Recent notable appearances include the dedication ceremony of the National Pentagon Memorial, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, the Commissioning of the George H. W. Bush Aircraft Carrier (CVN-77), numerous concert tours, a performance with Chanticleer, and a newly released CD. It is with honor, pride and distinction that the Men’s Glee Club represents the United States, the Navy and Marine Corps, and the Naval Academy.
Dr. Aaron Smith serves as Director of Musical Activities and Chairman of the USNA Music Department. Highlight musical collaborations include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, the New Jersey Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Chanticleer, the American Boychoir, Mark Morris Dance Group, the Great Performer’s Series, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis, Zdenek Macal, Joseph Flummerfelt, John Rutter, Renee Fleming, and multiple television and radio stations. Additionally, Dr. Smith assisted in the preparation of the Emmy Award nominated performance of the “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast of Mozart’s Requiem in 2001.
Dr. Smith received a Vocal Performance Certificate and his undergraduate degree in Choral Music from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters degree with Honors and Distinction in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from SUNY Stony Brook, New York.