The Singing Men of Ohio
OHIO UNIVERSITY'S MEN'S CHOIR
OHIO UNIVERSITY'S MEN'S CHOIR
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.
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.
Dr. Daniel J. Hall holds a DMA degree in Choral Studies from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami (FL), an MM in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Music/Liberal Arts in Voice from Weber State University. He began as Director of Choral Activities at Ohio University in August 2012. Before coming to Ohio University, Dr. Hall was Director of Choral Activities at West Texas A&M University.
As an active composer/arranger, Dr. Hall's works have been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, with performances as far away as Venezuela and Ireland's Cork International Festival. In recent years, all-state festival choruses in many states have performed his work. His numerous scores are published with Walton. Dr. Hall resides in The Plains, OH, with his wife Bonnie and their five children: Elizabeth, Gale, Logan, Lydia and Phoebe. In his free time, he enjoys: outdoor pursuits, karate, racquetball and reading.
Our Contemporary A Cappella Group
Founded in 1991, Section Eight began as an eight member collegiate acapella ensemble, born out of the Singing Men of Ohio. Section Eight has grown over the years from the original incredibly talented 8, to an equally effective 12, to now 17 members and appropriately borrows its namesake from the military term "Section 8"-- designated when an enlisted soldier is discharged due to mental incompetence. Dr. Raymond Feener was the first president of The Singing Men of Ohio, lovingly known as SMO, and also was the founder and first director of Section Eight. The group is now fully student-led by all members varying in formal musical education. Section Eight has performed for many Ohio University engagements and organizations over the years, alumni chapters and societies and has performed the National Anthem for various sporting events. The group has released two hit CDs, "We May Be Disturbed..." in 2003, and "That's Okay Here," in 2012.