BW Men's Chorus
The BW Men's Chorus is an offering of the Community Arts School and is open to men high school age and up from throughout the Greater Cleveland community including BW faculty, staff and students. This collaborative effort seeks to bring outstanding male chorus singing to Northeast Ohio. The group has performed to standing-room-only audiences, has collaborated in concert with several outstanding music organizations and has received rave reviews from throughout the Greater Cleveland Community.
During a typical year, the chorus performs a wide variety of chorale literature written especially for the male voice. This includes classical literature, as well as some pop and Broadway. Members should have some background in music (instrumental or vocal) and a basic knowledge of music reading and pitch matching.
BW Men’s Chorus “Still Connected” Series
The BW Men's Chorus 2020-2021 "Still Connected" Series offers an innovative program of virtual performances, educational experiences, and engagement opportunities developed to support, entertain, and uplift the group’s members, audiences, and community.
Informed by the group’s mission, the “Still Connected” Series reimagines what a choral community can be in the time of a pandemic.
Check out BW Men’s Chorus events below and follow the group on Facebook to find out more about “Still Connected” Series events and opportunities.
Under the Direction of Frank Bianchi
Time: Regular rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Schedule: Rehearsals start on Tuesday, August 26
Location: Boesel Musical Arts Center, Fynette Kulas Hall, Room 142
Tuition: $150 per year (or $100/semester, a non-discounted rate if you choose to pay by semester). Fall semester is from August to December, and spring semester is from January to April. There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00 per academic year. There is tuition assistance for those men under 30.
Registration is available for returning members and those who have been accepted into the chorus.
"Still Connected" Giving Campaign
Until it is safe to resume in-person rehearsals and concerts, your gift is more important than ever in preserving the BW Men’s Chorus legacy and ensuring they can bring dynamic performances and programming to the Greater Cleveland Community and beyond for years to come.
Your contribution to the “Still Connected” Giving Campaign directly supports virtual recordings and performances, musical innovation, community engagement programs, and other initiatives that keep the chorus connected and creating with its members and with you.
We will see you in concert soon. Until then, thank you!
As soon as it is safe, the BW Men’s Chorus will return to the stage. In this spirit, the group is actively recruiting new members. If you are interested in joining the chorus, director Frank Bianchi will hear virtual auditions on a rolling basis.
These auditions will immerse new members immediately in “Still Connected” programming and will guarantee them a place in the chorus when they return in-person.
For details on how to submit a virtual audition, email Frank Bianchi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BW Men's Chorus Events
“And The World Will Be At Peace,” A Virtual Holiday Review
Saturday, December 5, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are complimentary but required to access the virtual performance.
Frank Bianchi, founder and director
Frank Bianchi is adjunct professor of music at the BW Conservatory of Music and is the founding director of the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus, a chorus that has been recognized as being among the finest collegiate male choruses in the state and one of the first collegiate choruses of its kind to include distinguished community musicians as well as college students, faculty and staff. Bianchi has held several offices in both the Ohio Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Education Association and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award given annually by the State of Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). He has received outstanding teaching and distinguished service awards in both Brunswick and Medina City Schools and was recently inducting into the hall of fame at John Marshall High School (Cleveland, Ohio), where he attended high school. He is an active member of OMEA, the American Choral Director Association and the National Association of Music Educators.
Michelle Massouh Makhlouf, accompanist
Michelle is a Staff Accompanist with Baldwin Wallace. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Accompanying from the University of Akron. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Michelle served as the Staff Accompanist at Kent State University-Stark Campus and the University of Akron for several years. Michelle joined the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus in August 2015 and the BW Singers in August 2016. She also accompanied the Baldwin Wallace Women’s Chorus in 2015, and is presently accompanying Treble Choir. Michelle is an accomplished accompanist. She accompanies The Cleveland Pops Chorus, and has served as the Staff Accompanist at Jackson High School since graduating from BGSU. Michelle has accompanied multiple productions at numerous local theaters, including Kent State University Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Solon Center for the Arts, Actors’ Summit Theater, North Canton Playhouse, and Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Michelle is also an accomplished bassoonist. She has played the bassoon with the True North Orchestra and the Cleveland Winds. She is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Michelle lives in Independence with her husband and their four daughters.