PMO Response to COVID-19

May 18th Update:

In response to the University’s updates regarding on-campus activities announced May 15, PMO will not be taking performance bookings for the Fall 2020 semester. For more updates about Purdue’s response to COVID-19, visit

March 11th Update:

Dear PMO Family,

As you have probably read by now, Purdue University’s leadership have taken bold measures to protect the safety and health of our entire campus community.

I have had a chance to speak with our senior leadership team at the University and our PMO staff. Given President Daniels’s and Provost Akridge’s email sent March 10, we feel it necessary to move forward in the following way:

  • The Glee Club’s spring break trip to the New York City area has been cancelled. We are in the process of notifying show sponsors and venues.
  • The regularly scheduled PMO rehearsals through this week (March 13) will be our last of the semester.
  • All remaining shows, specialty performances, and PMO sponsored events through May 2 will be cancelled. We are working to contact show sponsors and impacted parties concurrently.
  • Beginning March 23, on-campus auditions for the ’20-’21 academic year will be suspended. All interested students will be directed to complete a video audition. More information will be provided on our PMO website shortly. Current/registered auditioners will be notified via phone and email of this change.

As President Daniels’s and Provost Akridge’s email suggests, “this is an exceptionally challenging time for our campus, and it will take all of us working together to navigate this most difficult situation and protect the health and well-being of our Purdue community.” Please be aware that this is a very fluid and evolving situation. While questions are welcomed, answers may not be available in the immediate.

I am honored and grateful to be entrusted with the privilege of leading this incredible organization and our terrific students. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


William E. Griffel

Albert P. Stewart Director of Purdue Musical Organizations

Jack Calhoun Director of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club