Tour Has Arrived!
This is it, folks. Our 2017-2018 SMO tour has been officially announced! Every year, during our spring break, the Singing Men of Ohio decide to travel across country for a full week, making memories and creating unity through harmony.
This year, our tour manager, Cody Pomeroy has finalized our anticipated stops for Spring of 2018. We will head from Athens, Ohio, and travel to our first stop in Asheville, N. Carolina. From there we will stop in Charleston, S. Carolina then keep traveling until reach all the way to Florida. We perform for the day, then take our first break at Daytona Beach. We will loop back up, heading north to Atlanta, Georgia for a performance and another free day; then Lexington, Kentucky. At the end of the week on St. Patrick's Day, our final concert will be in Ohio's very own, Cincinnati. Finally, once we've sung our hearts out, we will finish our journey returning to Athens, Ohio where another tour will become one for the books.
SMO tour is a special time for our group. We take time throughout the year to rehearse repertoire that we bring on the road with us. Even though we learn new music every year, we enjoy bringing back traditional songs that we share every year. Some of those songs are: Please Mr. Columbus, which involves storytelling and choreography, The Quest Unending, a tribute to our late founder, Ira T. Zook, and a few other classics you will just have to wait to see.
As we travel across the country, we meet new and old people alike. One of the ways we make tour more affordable is by spending nights with people generous enough to open their homes to us. As we are traveling down south this year, we are always looking for opportunities to stay in people's homes. If you or anybody you know is able to house some members, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up with you!
Make sure to watch out for more details in the future! If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we will reach back to you as soon as possible.
Watch out for the dates because it comes by faster than you think!
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.
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.
Dr. Naylor has performed with the Schola Cantorum of Boston, The Yale Schola Cantorum, The King's Gospel Choir, and The Christ Church Parish Choir of New Haven, Connecticut. He has performed as a tenor soloist with The Choral Society of Durham, The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Evansville Bach Singers, and for the 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Inauguration.
Naylor is a composer and arranger, having written pieces varying from contemporary a cappella, to original pieces for unaccompanied choir, and choral-orchestral suites such as "Porgy and Bess," and "West Side Story" In 2016, these pieces were featured for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary. In 2011, he was involved in creating and singing for The Raleigh-area professional jazz octet, Avante Vocal Jazz.
For more information, you can find his professional website here.