Music education is an important part of the Gilman curriculum. Boys learn the basic elements of music through singing, and everyone is a performer at some point during his school days.
Boys who love to lift their voices in song have opportunities to participate in choral performance groups.
Director: Robby Ford
The Traveling Men, an a cappella group founded in 1952 on the model of Yale's famous "Whiffenpoofs," are one of Gilman's proudest institutions.
The group's repertoire includes standard barbershop-style tunes, as well as sacred choral works and popular songs. The Traveling Men have appeared several times on local radio and also on television. The Traveling Men perform regularly in the Baltimore community, and they have sung at State events including the inauguration of Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich to an audience of 5,000 at the Baltimore Ravens (football) Stadium. They are particularly well known for their serenades at the local girls' schools.
In fact, the group, selected through auditions each year, performs up to 60 times each year, with most of the performances in the greater community outside Gilman.
Graduates of the Traveling Men have taken the barbershop style of the group to colleges throughout the east coast of the USA, where they have founded or joined similar groups.
The Traveling Men is a club activity: the students receive no academic credit for participating, and rehearsals are held outside of the academic day. Students must be members of the Glee Club in order to participate.
Director: Robby Ford
The Glee Club offers boys an opportunity to sing in a large choral environment. It is a non-auditioning choral course for which students receive a half-credit on their academic transcript. Over the past five years, between 40 and 50 students have joined voices.
The Glee Club's vocal repertoire gives members an opportunity to explore varied and diverse genres, from Franz Schubert's Mass in G (with choral groups from Bryn Mawr school) to Moses Hogan's Gospel praise song Music Down in My Soul to Radiohead's No Surprises. The Glee Club presents at least four public performances each year and performs in a joint holiday concert with the Bryn Mawr School choirs; every other year, the concert's main repertoire is a section of Handel's Messiah.
Middlemen and Middle T's
Director: Elizabeth Sesler-Beckman
Middlemen is a combined chorus of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. All interested students from these grades are allowed to participate. The Middlemen meets during seventh period study halls (sixth grade meets on cycle days 1,4,6 and 10 and seventh and eighth grade meet on cycle days 2,4,7, and 10). Students perform a wide variety of music in many different styles. Performances may include, but are not limited to, a winter and spring concert, the spring Festival of the Arts, School convocations and performances for other divisions, outside schools, and the Greater Baltimore community.
Middle Ts are an auditioned subset of Middlemen singers from all three grades.