Free Purdue Men's Varsity Glee Club Concert at DGN on Saturday, October 7

Free Purdue Men's Varsity Glee Club Concert at DGN on Saturday, October 7

The Purdue Men’s Varsity Glee Club will perform at Downers Grove North High School in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium on Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the community. The group will perform with the DGN Chamber Choir.

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club has a 125-year tradition of entertaining audiences, and the hard work and dedication of the 65-plus men animates their performances. The singers will perform a variety of crowd favorites, including gospel, romantic ballads, classical choral selections, barbershop, patriotic standards, country and novelty tunes. Under the direction of William Griffel, this select ensemble has entertained on behalf of Purdue University for campus, community, state, national and even international events, averaging between 50-60 appearances each year. 

As part of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club tradition, members who are college seniors return to their hometown and perform a “home show”. Erik Jensen, a senior at Purdue majoring in electrical engineering and math, is a 2013 graduate of North High and member of the Glee Club.

The performance will also include selections by the Downers Grove North Chamber Choir. Performing with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club offers an exciting experience for the audience and high school students alike. 

"Being able to collaborate with the college-level singers, at the caliber of Purdue Glee Club, is a great learning opportunity for our high school students and we could not be more excited,“ says Dr. Frank Piekarz, a choir director at North High.

Students are also exposed to ways to continue to pursue an interest in music, even without being a music major. The men of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club represent different backgrounds and hometowns across the country, consistently maintaining a high level of academic excellence with majors ranging from engineering to education to management to biological sciences.

For more information about the Saturday performance, contact Lori Jensen at