BW Men’s Chorus
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.
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.
Those interested in joining the BW Men's Chorus for its 2021-2022 season, may attend in-person voice screenings or may submit one virtually.
In-Person Voice Screenings will take place on Monday, August 23, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Boesel Musical Arts Center at BW's Conservatory of Music (49 Seminary St, Berea, OH, 44017). In-person voice screenings are by appointment. Sign up for your slot at auditions.bwmenschorus.com.
Virtual Auditions are accepted on a rolling basis. For details on how to submit a virtual audition, email Director Frank Bianchi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We're Back!" Giving Campaign
Through your generous support and encouragement, the BW Men's Chorus stayed connected throughout the pandemic, creating and learning with its members and community.
Your contributions allowed the chorus to innovate programming, creating virtual recording and performance opportunities and a robust virtual program of lectures and engagement opportunities. Thank you.
Now, as the group enters its 15th Anniversary Season and resumes in-person rehearsals and concerts, your gift is more important than ever as the BW Men’s Chorus enters a new chapter; your gift directly ensures that they can bring dynamic performances and programming to the Greater Cleveland Community and beyond for years to come.
We will see you in concert soon. Until then, thank you!
BW Men's Chorus Events
5th Annual Summer Sing!
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Summer Sing is open to all tenor and bass singers with some musical experience (vocal or instrumental). The Summer Sing is not open to spectators. Those TTBB singers attending should plan on singing. This is a free event, but registration is required.
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. 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.