The Glee Club of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick In the City of New York


The Glee Club of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City of New York is probably one of the oldest male Glee Clubs of its kind, unique in the fact that all its members can trace their ancestral roots back to Ireland. It is sponsored by the Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, N.Y.C. Formed in 1913, the Glee Club’s first conductor was the famed composer Victor Herbert, who was a member of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and who wrote or arranged many of the Glee Club's original songs, such as "The New Ireland", "The Boys Of Wexford" and "The Cruiskeen Lawn", as well as its theme song, "The Hail of The Friendly Sons". "The Hail of The Friendly Sons" is sung at each of The Society's stated meetings, as well as at the Glee Club's weekly rehearsals.

In addition to Victor Herbert, the Glee Club has enjoyed a line of distinguished Conductors, including Dr. George Meade, who conducted the Glee Club for 50 years, and Paul La Medica, who conducted the Glee Club for 19 years. The current Conductor is Kevin J. Faughey, who had been the Glee Club's Associate Conductor since 1995, and who has recently been appointed as the Club's permanent Conductor. The Glee Club has appeared in concert at many locations, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall and the Ed Sullivan show. In recent years the Glee Club has appeared on television on Channel 5's "Good Day New York" program as well as at several concert halls and churches in the New York City area.

The 35-voice chorus consists of four voice sections, namely, first tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass. The Glee Club holds its weekly rehearsals every Monday evening at Nola Studios, located at 244 West 54th Street in Manhattan. For information on membership in the Glee Club, please call the main office of the Society at (212-269-1770), and a Glee Club member will return your call to answer your questions.