SMO is registered as a class and meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The class can count as one credit hour towards your class schedule. Since SMO is a registered class, you will be expected to attend all rehearsals, so don't ditch your brothers!
At the beginning of the semester, you will audition into the group and be assigned a vocal part. It's a simple process, so just be yourself! The ensemble is made up of four parts: Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, and Bass. Parts will be assigned to fit your range and where your range is needed in the group.
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Check out our SoundCloud!
The Singing Men of Ohio has been uploading old recordings of our SMOmecoming concerts dating back to 2013. Listen to classics like “Dies Irae” “Poor Man Lazarus” “Demon in My View” and many more by clicking the link below!
SMO Group Photos 2018-2019
Who Are We?
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.
Unitas per Harmonium
Guided by its motto 'Unity through Harmony,' SMO has toured the Midwest, East Coast, Florida, Wyoming and China advancing its mission of bringing men's choral singing and its rich traditions to an ever-widening audience. SMO 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 hijinks. 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.
SMO's Famous Events
Throughout the year, SMO holds various events. The most prominent are our annual tour, alumni weekend, and acapella invitational.
Every year, the Singing Men of Ohio travel all across the country bringing the joy of music to new & old fans.
SMO Alumni Weekend
The annual SMO Alumni weekend is a time for former members of the group to return and sing in harmony once again.
a cappella invitational
Section Eight, the acapella group audtioned out of SMO, hosts an annual concert showcasing the acapella groups on campus.
Dr. Bradley Naylor
Dr. Bradley Naylor joined Ohio University in the Fall of 2017 as the School of Music's new Director of Choral Activities, and conductor of both The Singing Men of Ohio and University Singers. Naylor travelled extensively and lived throughout the United States before migrating to small town Athens, Ohio, performing in Scotland, England, Wales, Croatia, China, and beyond.
Dr. Naylor hails from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor of arts in music from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his masters in choral conducting from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale University School of Music. While there, he studied with Marguerite Brooks Simon Carrington.
Before Dr. Naylor started his time at Ohio University, he was the Director of Choral Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College. While at the University of Georgia, he was Assistant Professor and director of The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
For more information, you can find his professional website here.
Elizabeth Jackson is a second year graduate piano performance and pedagogy student of Dr. Christopher Fisher at the Ohio University School of Music. She is a cum laude graduate of Bellarmine University, earning the Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano pedagogy and accompanying. During her studies at Bellarmine, Elizabeth accompanied voice and instrumental recitals, choirs, and vocal master classes, in addition to serving as the collaborative pianist for various instrumental ensembles. She also gained valuable teaching experience through her work as a substitute piano instructor for Bellarmine University's collegiate piano classes and for the Boaz Performance Academy.
Elizabeth thoroughly enjoys her current position as a student instructor through the Athens Community Music School. Prior to coming to Athens, she was a piano instructor for the Bellarmine University Preparatory Music Program where she taught private and group lessons and was instrumental in launching the Musical Moments program. Elizabeth also has extensive experience in performing piano duo and four-hand repertoire. She currently holds a graduate assistantship at the Ohio University School of Music where she teaches class piano and accompanies the Singing Men of Ohio. Most recently, Elizabeth has been accepted to participate in the 2018 Classical Music Festival Piano Seminar held in Eisenstadt, Austria where she will learn alongside piano teachers and observers from around the world.