Baldwin Wallace University Men's Chorus at performance

Under the Direction of Frank Bianchi

Time: Regular rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Schedule: Rehearsals resume on Tuesday, January 11

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 coverage for members under 30.

Registration is available for returning members and those who have been accepted into the chorus.

The BW Men's Chorus is an offering of the Community Arts School and is open to tenor and bass singers, 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 and beyond. 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 choral 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.

Audition Information

BW Men's Chorus Director Frank Bianchi will hear auditions in-person, on Monday, August 22, 2022, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, located at 49 Seminary Street, Berea OH 44017. We welcome all tenor and bass singers - advanced high school age and up - to consider joining our choral community!

Please register for your audition by visiting auditions.bwmenschorus.com.

man sings at BW Men's Chorus performance

15th Anniversary Giving Campaign

Through your generous support and encouragement, the BW Men's Chorus has stayed connected throughout the pandemic, creating and learning with its members and community, while always emphasizing health and well-being. 

As the group continues its 15th Anniversary Season and resumes in-person rehearsals and concerts, your gift directly ensures that they can bring dynamic performances and programming to the Greater Cleveland Community and beyond for years to come. Thank you! 

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BW Men's Chorus Events

15th Anniversary Spring Concert! 

Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 5:00 p.m.

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Gamble Auditorium, BW Conservatory of Music 

Celebrating 15 years of community and song, the BW Men's Chorus presents its annual Spring Concert. Rooted in themes of joy, remembering, and inter-generational influences, this concert will immerse audience members in some of their favorite tunes from the 1960s, will explore the rich legacy of Stephen Sondheim, and much more! Come Join Our Story! 

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Celebrating 15 Years of Community & Song - Spirit Week!

Sunday, March 27, 2022 - Friday, April 1, 2022

Join us for “Celebrating 15 Years of Community and Song," a weeklong commemoration of the BW Men’s Chorus’ 15-year journey, emphasizing the people and stories that energize and inspire each song!

We hope you'll join in the celebration by staying engaged in this week's never-before-seen social media productions, by attending our two live events (Open House Rehearsal and "Because I'm a Teacher") as we reflect on our journey, spotlight the vibrant community we call home, and engage the community in our future.

We want to show the world who we are and why we sing.
It all starts with YOU!

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HOLIDAY CONCERT 

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea

The Baldwin Wallace University Men’s Chorus presents its 16th annual Holiday Concerts, inviting audiences to experience all the traditions, joy and cheer that have solidified this event as a beloved Northeast Ohio holiday tradition!

The BW Men’s Chorus Holiday Concerts will kick off the season with an energetic program of music, a candlelight processional, inspiring soloists, sing-alongs, resounding instrumental arrangements – including organ, brass ensemble and strings – all brought to life in a bold new production of story and song! The concert will also feature visits from Professor Tracy Grady, Santa Claus and Cleveland’s own Fairy Godmother (of Tower City renown).

HOLIDAY CONCERT - AKRON

Friday December 9, 2022, 8:00 p.m. St. Sebastian Church, 476 Mull Avenue, Akron

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.

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.


BW Men's Chorus conductor

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. 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 is the proud mother of four beautiful daughters.

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