The Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus performs throughout
the Capital District and each December presents a holiday concert at the
Community Congregational Church of Clinton Heights, its current rehearsal site. In
addition, HHMC gives an annual spring concert in May.
The chorus performs
in a wide variety of musical genres, including sacred,
classical, spiritual, theater and film, folk, popular, and operetta.
HHMC was founded in 1968 by
Edward VanKampen as the Cordial Greens Men's Glee Club, the name referring to
the country club where the group rehearsed and often performed for the first 15
years of its existence. The name
was changed to the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus in 1984. Previous
conductors include Donald Clair, Theodore Grab, Robert Claus, Bruce Wagner, and
An active member of the
Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association, the Hendrick Hudson Male
Chorus has participated in each of the association's biannual
massed concerts. HHMC hosted the massed concert in April 2008 at
the world-renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
also represented in the Yankee Male Chorus, which performs annually
in Vermont and New Hampshire in August.
For more than 24 years, small-group singing has been
a tradition in the HHMC, in the a cappella style of such well-known college
ensembles as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Cornell Hangovers, and Colgate Thirteen.
At its inception, the HHMC a cappella group was
known as The Trio, which in 1989 expanded to an octet called the Hendrick’s
Two-by-Fours. The group has continued to perform in various combinations since
then -- as Hendrick’s Six in the early 1990s, Hendrick’s Ten since 2000, and now
In addition to performing at each regular
HHMC concert, Hendrick’s Crew does guest appearances, having most recently
been featured at the Siena Men's basketball game, in January 2007, at the
Times Union Center, where HHMC sang the national anthem for an
audience of 5,500.Hendrick’s
Crew counts among its varied repertoire such signature pieces as the swing ballad “Perfidia,”
the barbershop selection “Lida Rose,” Billy Joel's “The Longest
Time,” and the Scottish air “Loch Lomond.” Hendrick’s Crew is available for hire as public concert guest
artists or as entertainment at private functions. Contact