Purdue Musical Organizations


Even though organized choral music at Purdue dates back to 1891 with the founding of the short-lived Chapel Choir, and the first eleven members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club convened in 1893, the impetus for what would soon become one of the most unique, prestigious, and renowned collegiate music programs in the country saw its first light in 1930. It was then that Al Stewart, a former member of the Purdue Glee Club and West Lafayette native and local music instructor, was asked by the dean of women to direct the Women’s Glee Club.

Extended History


Capturing a complete catalog of the opportunities the students of PMO have been offered from 1891 through present day is not the intent of this focused listing of performance highlights.

  • Tours throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa
  • Appearances during six U.S. Presidential Inaugurations
  • Performances at the White House, during the NCAA Final Four and during conventions for IBM International, the National Hot Rod Association and the American Choral Directors Association
  • Collaborations with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops and the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis Symphony and Lafayette Symphony
  • Appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • Performances at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Crystal Cathedral, the Hollywood Bowl, the Indianapolis 500 and during a National Prayer Breakfast with Mother Teresa


Timeline showing the chronological order of events from 1893 to 2017 regarding Purdue Musical Organization. Click to access the PDF.