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Bayside Glee Club
Bayside, New York


Celebrating Our Diamond Jubilee - 75 Years of Song

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Do You Love
 to Sing?
Join Us!

New members are welcome. Come see us at work and play.
Ability to read music not required. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.

Henry McDonagh III
Joseph Liccardo
Gary Carella
First Vice President 
John Weiss
Second Vice President 
Ross Coffaro
Tom Goodwin
Joe Ambrosino
Henry McDonagh, Jr.
Day and time:
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 10 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40th Avenue, Bayside (downstairs at 215th St. and 40th Ave.; use entrance at rear of building)
Rehearsals for the 2018 winter concert begin Tuesday evening, September 4.
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75th Annual Winter Holiday Concert
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018; 3 pm
Church on the Hill, 168th Street and 35th Avenue, Flushing, Queens
Tickets: $10 suggested voluntary donation
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See Us on NY1
The Bayside Glee Club was featured on cable station NY1 on June 11, 2018.

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Hear Us Sing
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Can't Help Falling in Love With You
River in Judea
Old Man Noah
The Little Drummer Boy-Peace on Earth

About Us
Since its inception as a male chorus in 1944, the Bayside Glee Club has been making a unique contribution to Bayside and the larger community. Each year the club (which is nondenominational and welcomes men of all faiths) presents two formal concerts and from time to time performs for the benefit of area churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and various organizations.

Although the club is centered in the Flushing/Bayside area, singers and audiences come from all parts of Queens, Long Island, and the Metropolitan area.

With over 1,200 selections in its growing library, the club (currently with more than two dozen singing members) works hard to bring its audiences fresh, challenging, and varied programs.

75th Annual Winter Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 9; 3 pm

Please Join Us!

There will be member solos and performances by Bayside sextet, the Wanderers. 

An afterglow, including light refreshments, prize drawings, and a 50-50 raffle, will follow the concert.


Strike Up the Band
George and Ira Gershwin

Autumn Leaves
Joseph Kosma and (English lyrics) Johnny Mercer 

Do You Ken John Peel 

September Song
Kurt Weil and Maxwell Anderson

Nathan Detroit
Luck Be a Lady
Frank Loesser (from Guys and Dolls)

Everly Brothers medley 

Home for the Holidays
Robert Allen and Al Stillman 

Song of Hanukkah

Sing-along of seasonal songs 

Look Up, Children
Jay Althouse 

Jesu, Joy of Manís Desiring
Johann Sebastian Bach 

You Raise Me Up
Rolf LÝvland and Brendan Graham 

God Bless America
Irving Berlin

The club's roster includes men of all ages and reflects the wonderful ethnic diversity of our community. The club welcomes associate (nonsinging) members -- men and women -- who help us in incalculable ways.

We extend a sincere and cordial welcome to any man over 18 who would like to sing and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship once a week. No previous experience is required and ability to read music is not necessary. Continuing education is a priority and in the interest of ever improving our performances, we provide choral and musical training. Transportation to rehearsals may be available if needed. The club publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep members updated about activities and goings on.

Yearly dues are $110, payable $55 each winter and spring.

Social activities

The club holds occasional gatherings throughout the year, including an Associates Night, usually in the spring, and an annual picnic during the summer. Members, family, friends, associates, and prospective members are welcome. After each concert there is a reception at which refreshments are served; there is also a raffle drawing.

About the Conductor

Henry McDonagh III has served as the conductor of the Bayside Glee Club since 2006. He has held the position of youth music director for Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica, New York. There he was responsible for liturgical and parish events, concerts, and religious services.

In addition to his work with Bayside, Mr. McDonagh has been performing in various bands and genres both nationally and internationally for more than twenty years. His work as a bassist/vocalist with the original band CLOSENUF earned him a Grammy nomination for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2013. 

For the last decade he has conducted the chorus and orchestra as well as instructing music classes and directing performances at Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School 5 in Elmhurst.

Mr. McDonagh has served as music director to various productions, including Archbishop Stepinacís alumni production of Footloose in Mamaroneck; All Shook Up for Maggieís Little Theater in Middle Village; Annie, Jr. at Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School 5 as well as that school's upcoming production of Into the Woods, Jr. 

Mr. McDonagh holds both a bachelor of arts degree in music and a masters in music education from the Aaron Copeland School at Queens College, and has received training from Lawrence Eisman, award-winning composer Bruce Saylor, and jazz legend Sir Roland Hanna.

About the Accompanist
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Joseph Liccardo holds a master's degree in piano performance from Juilliard, where he was the recipient of the Joseph Fidelman and the P & A Shaffer scholarships. Even before receiving a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, he excelled both as a chamber performer and as a soloist.

In his first undergraduate year, he performed Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Eastman Philharmonia, and as a senior he won first prize (and a Steinway grand piano) in the young artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. While a student he also won the John Celentano Award for excellence in chamber music, took first prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder competition for piano accompaniment, and performed frequently with his piano trio on campus and in the community.

A year after receiving his degree he began a collaboration with the renowned Chinese pipa player Zhang Hongyan. (The pipa is a short-necked fretted lute.) The duo have performed at Carnegie Hall and at Boston's Jordan Hall and appeared in concerts in numerous cities in China.

Mr. Liccardo, who maintains a private studio, currently performs as a freelance musician and teaches piano privately at both the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College (where he studied for 12 years with Dr. Donald Pirone prior to college) and the St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing.  
Contact Us
Email (click on name):  Jim Jefts or Joe Ambrosino
Telephone: Henry McDonagh, 718-835-6166

This concert is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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