The Singing Men of Ohio (SMO)

The Singing Men of Ohio is an ensemble of 80 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all majors of the institution. Established as both a performing ensemble within the School of Music as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects, social activities, and makes numerous community appearances at university and alumni functions, The Singing Men of Ohio enjoy a unique blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity.

Rehearsals are held each M/W/F from 12:10-1:00 in Glidden Hall room 101 and are open to visitors and prospective singers.

Guided by its motto, Unitas per Harmonium (unity through harmony), SMO has toured the Mid-west, East Coast, Florida, Wyoming, and China advancing its mission of bringing men's choral singing and its rich traditions to an ever-widening audience. Singing Men performances are recognized for their diverse programming including spirituals, motets, French chansons, German and American part songs and folk songs, musical theater, barbershop melodies, and their own peculiar brand of hi jinks. In addition, the chorus is known for its sonorous tone, attention to detail, and has been invited to perform in Columbus at the Ohio Music Education Association professional conference.

A Brief History

In 1989 Dr. Ira T. Zook was invited to revive the former Ohio University Glee Club tradition for the University. His passion for the teaching of singing and for men's choral literature was the guiding force behind the success of The Singing Men for eleven years. Continuing to flourish to the present day, the organization is proud to announce the formation of its new Singing Men of Ohio Society of Alumni & Friends.   


Membership is open by audition to male undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges of the university. Auditions for the Singing Men, as well as the other choral ensembles, are held the first week of the Fall semester. For admission at the start of the Spring semester, singers are advised to contact the Director for an audition time before registering. There are no requisite organization fees, but the purchase of concert attire is required.

For additional information about the Singing Men of Ohio, please contact:

Dr. Bradley Naylor
Director, Singing Men of Ohio