What is SMO?
The Singing Men of Ohio (SMO) is an ensemble of undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all majors of the institution. Established as both an ensemble within the School of Music as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects and social activities, SMO 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.
SMO is a registered class and meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Glidden Hall (School of Music). The ensemble counts as one credit hour towards your class schedule. Since SMO is a registered class, you are required to attend all rehearsals and performances - so don't ditch your brothers!
At the beginning of the semester, you will be required to undergo a vocal hearing with the director, Dr. Naylor, and will 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.
UNITAS PER HARMONIUM
Guided by our motto 'Unitas Per Harmonium,' which translates to, 'Unity through Harmony,' SMO has toured the United States, Canada, and China advancing its mission of bringing strong tenor/bass 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 for television, radio shows, and at the Ohio Music Education Association professional conference.