Apollo Club of Boston

An Early Apollo Club Logo

Steven Lipsitt

Rob Humphreville

Singing the anthem at a Red Sox game,

spring 2015.

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Throughout its history, the Apollo Club has most

often sung in small venues:  gatherings for the

display of civic pride, such as the dedication of a

monument or building, or where singing could

provide solace, such as at a memorial service, or

cheer, such as at a retirement community

celebration, or at seasonal programs open to the

public at historic locations in the Boston area. In

1874, the Apollo Club sang at the funeral services of

Senator Charles Sumner and received a note of

appreciation from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In

1901, the Club was invited to sing at President William McKinley's memorial service at

Faneuil Hall. And in 1924, when the George Francis Parkman Memorial Bandstand was

dedicated on the Boston Common, 79 Apollo members sang to the accompaniment of

the Boston Municipal Band.

In its 145-plus years of existence, the Apollo

Club has evolved from a large chorus with a

classical music orientation to a glee club

whose repertoire comprises folk songs, love

songs, sea chanteys, show tunes, and classical

and semi-classical compositions. The Boston

Public Library recently presented an extensive

exhibit of the Club's rich history, highlighting

the part it has played in Boston's musical

traditions. Included were documents and

memorabilia from both the Library's and the

Club's archives, with many items displayed for

the first time. The Massachusetts Historical

Society has accepted the Club's archives for

preservation and for supporting scholarly

research on the Club's role in the advancement

of choral music in the Commonwealth.

Today, the Club performs for a variety of civic,

religious, residential and professional

organizations throughout the Greater Boston area. In addition, it presents two public

concerts each year, a Christmas concert at the Gordon Chapel of Old South Church in

Copley Square, and a spring concert at the Nahant Town Hall (see the Concert

Schedule for dates and times).  The Club is a member of the Greater Boston Choral

Consortium.

More information on the Club's origins and early years under the baton of its first

music director, B.J. Lang, can be found in this history of the Lang family in

Masachusetts.

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Accompanist Rob Humphreville

Rob Humphreville has been the Club's

accompanist since 1991.

Rob is a freelance organist, pianist, and

choral conductor throughout the Boston

area. In addition to playing in churches and

synagogues, he also plays for Brooks School

in North Andover, Bethany Convent in

Arlington, and Temple Isaiah in Lexington.

Equally at home with both popular and

classical music genres, Rob especially enjoys

accompanying silent movies and was singled

out by the Boston Globe for his creative

improvisations.

 
 

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Conductor Steven Lipsitt

Steven Lipsitt joined the Club as its

eleventh Conductor in September 2015, the

Club's 145th season since its founding in

1871.

Steven brings to the Club an outstanding

musical education and excellent experience

in choral and orchestral performance and

conducting.  He  got his start with men's

groups singing with the Yale Alley Cats,

serving as "pitchpipe" of the Yale

Whiffenpoofs, and conducting the Yale

Russian Chorus.    He holds a Bachelor of Arts

in Music from Yale College; a rare double

Masters of Music in Choral and Orchestral

Conducting and an Artist's Diploma in

Orchestral Conducting, both from the Yale

School of Music.