Basically Broadway Glee Club

Barbara Brilliant
Music / Personal Improvement

Course Description

Experts agree that choral singing is good for us! Everyone is welcome to join the "Basically Broadway Glee Club." Reading music is not necessary nor is prior experience, although all level of vocalists, including professionals are welcome. There are no auditions except for those who want to sing solos. Each session includes vocalizing, learning repertoire and theory when appropriate. Members will be given music and lyrics. The participants are active members who not only make new pathways in their brain, but give back what they have learned by spreading the joy around in a final concert. The concert is not compulsory but there has yet to be anyone who chose not to participate. There will be eight rehearsal sessions followed by a concert for friends and family.

About the Instructor

  • Barbara Brilliant was artist-in-residence for the City of Boston. She was the Artistic Director of Basically Broadway, a show chorus that included both community singers with no audition and professional leads. Presently she is Artistic Director of the Lifelong Learning in Retirement Glee Club at Regis College in Massachusetts. She is also the CEO of B’WAY Films. Barbara Brilliant won the coveted Peabody Award for the PBS Great Performances documentary for which she was both Creator and Executive Producer, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy with host Joel Grey. She attended McGill Conservatory of Music with high distinction and graduated Boston College summa cum laude where she recently received the Distinguished Alumni award. Brilliant was both a musical theatre actress in Canada and the U.S., playing lead roles in shows such as Fiddler On the Roof , Bells are Ringing, Kiss Me Kate and Damn Yankees. She’s an award winning TV host, producer, public speaker, broadcast and print journalist and a member of the National Press Foundation.

    Willa Trevens, the accompanist, holds bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in education from Boston University. She has accompanied many choral groups and solo artists.