BW Men's Chorus

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The BW Men's Chorus is an offering of the Community Arts School and is open to tenor and bass singers, high school age and up, from throughout the Greater Cleveland community including BW faculty, staff and students. This collaborative effort seeks to bring outstanding male chorus singing to Northeast Ohio and beyond. The group has performed to standing-room-only audiences, has collaborated in concert with several outstanding music organizations and has received rave reviews from throughout the Greater Cleveland Community.

During a typical year, the chorus performs a wide variety of choral literature written especially for the male voice. This includes classical literature, as well as some pop and Broadway. Members should have some background in music (instrumental or vocal) and a basic knowledge of music reading and pitch matching.

If you are a BW student, you can take Men's Chorus for credit toward your Humanities/Perspectives requirement. If you are an educator, you can take Men's Chorus for Professional Development Credit (1 credit per semester, no limit)!

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Boesel Musical Arts Center, Fynette Kulas Hall, Room 142, Berea, OH 44017.

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2024/2025 Full Year BW Men's Chorus

The Full Year 2024/2025 BW Men's Chorus dates are August 27, 2024 - May 4, 2025.
Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 6:50 - 9:00 p.m..

The Full Year schedule combines the Fall and Spring schedules.

Tuition is $150 plus a one-time registration fee of $25.00 per academic year.

* Registration is available for returning members and those who have been accepted into the chorus.

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2024 Fall BW Men's Chorus

The Fall 2024 BW Men's Chorus dates are August 27, 2024 - December 8, 2024.
Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 6:50 - 9:00 p.m..
  • August 27 – Rehearsal
  • September 3 – Rehearsal
  • September 10 – Rehearsal
  • September 17 – Rehearsal
  • September 24 – Rehearsal
  • October 1 – Rehearsal
  • October 8 – Rehearsal
  • October 15 – Rehearsal
  • October 22 – Rehearsal
  • October 29 – Rehearsal
  • November 5 – Rehearsal
  • November 12 – Rehearsal
  • November 19 – Rehearsal
  • November 26 – Rehearsal
  • December 3 – Dress Rehearsal
  • December 8 (Sunday) – Concerts at 2:00 and 5:00 in Gamble Auditorium

Tuition is $100 plus a one-time registration fee of $25.00 per academic year. There is tuition coverage for members under 30.

* Registration is available for returning members and those who have been accepted into the chorus.

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2025 Spring BW Men's Chorus

The Spring 2025 BW Men's Chorus dates are January 14, 2025 - May 4, 2025.
Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 6:50 - 9:00 p.m..
  • January 14 – Rehearsal
  • January 21 – Rehearsal
  • January 28 – Rehearsal
  • February 4 – Rehearsal
  • February 11 – Rehearsal
  • February 18 – Rehearsal
  • February 25 – Rehearsal
  • March 4 – Rehearsal
  • March 11 – Rehearsal
  • March 18 – Rehearsal
  • March 25 – Rehearsal
  • March 31 – Rehearsal
  • April 1 – Rehearsal
  • April 8 – Rehearsal
  • April 15 – Rehearsal
  • April 22 – Rehearsal
  • April 29 – Dress rehearsal
  • May 4 (Sunday) – Concert 4:00 p.m.

Tuition is $100 plus a one-time registration fee of $25.00 per academic year. There is tuition coverage for members under 30.

* Registration is available for returning members and those who have been accepted into the chorus.

Register
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Member Singing In Concert

Audition Information

BW Men's Chorus Director Devon Steve will hear auditions in-person, in August at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, located at 49 Seminary Street, Berea OH 44017. We welcome all tenor and bass singers - advanced high school age and up - to consider joining our choral community!

Please register for your audition by visiting auditions.bwmenschorus.com.

Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Singing in Concert Hall

15th Anniversary Giving Campaign

Your generous support ensures that the BWMC may continue to grow, create, and offer quality educational and artistic opportunities for Northeast Ohio and beyond. Each contribution makes a world of difference in sustaining the chorus and growing its future.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation today, you may do so online at give.bwmenschorus.com or by contacting Chorus Manager, Lisa Hirzel (lhirzel@bw.edu). You are our reason. You are our song.

Thank you!

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Faculty

Devon Steve, Director

Devon Steve joins the BW Men's Chorus as Director beginning with the 2024-2025 season.

Devon Steve, a Cleveland-area conductor, music educator, and performer. In addition to his work with the Men's Chorus, he serves as the Director of Music at University School, where he conducts choir and orchestra, and is the Assistant Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. He further engages with the professional music community as the World Music and Cultures Repertoire & Resource Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. 
 
Prior to moving to Cleveland, Devon was the Assistant Director of Vocal Music & Theater Arts at Roosevelt High School (Des Moines, IA), conducting five co-curricular choirs, and assistant directing all theatrical productions. During this time, he prepared the award-winning Roosevelt Choirs for performances alongside a list of collaborators, including the Des Moines Symphony, TAKE 6, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. From 2019-2022, he led the Des Moines Diversity Chorus as Artistic Director, and was a baritone, board member, and guest conductor for the Des Moines Choral Society, conducted by Dr. James Rodde. 

Mr. Steve has performed as a chorister with a number of ensembles including The Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the American Boychoir, and has conducted a range of instrumental ensembles across the Midwest. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Simpson College (Indianola, IA).

Michelle Massouh Makhlouf, Accompanist

Michelle is a Staff Accompanist with Baldwin Wallace. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Accompanying from the University of Akron. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Michelle served as the Staff Accompanist at Kent State University-Stark Campus and the University of Akron for several years. Michelle joined the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus in August 2015 and the BW Singers in August 2016. She also accompanied the Baldwin Wallace Women’s Chorus in 2015. Michelle is an accomplished accompanist. She accompanies The Cleveland Pops Chorus, and has served as the Staff Accompanist at Jackson High School since graduating from BGSU. Michelle has accompanied multiple productions at numerous local theaters, including Kent State University Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Solon Center for the Arts, Actors’ Summit Theater, North Canton Playhouse, and Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Michelle is also an accomplished bassoonist. She has played the bassoon with the True North Orchestra and the Cleveland Winds. She is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Michelle is the proud mother of four beautiful daughters.

Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus at Christmas Concert

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Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Group Photo in Performance Hall with Accompanist
Baldwin Wallace Tenos and Bass Singers in Concert Hall
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Performing in Concert with Director Frank Bianchi
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus at Christmas Concert with Band
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus In The Recording Studio with an Studio Audience
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Singing the National Anthem at Progressive Field in Cleveland
Side Profile of Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Group Singing
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus Soloist at the Microphone During a Concert
Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus In The Recording Studio