Singing Cardsmen, directed and founded by Dr. Randi Bolding, is the premier men's chorus of the School the Music. The Cardsmen was established in 2015-2016 in efforts to extend the choral experiences to more students at the University of Louisville. This non-auditioned ensemble provides an opportunity for the men to act as ambassadors, representing students from all walks of life in the university.
Though they are a young ensemble and organization their accomplishments reflect maturity and tradition. They have performed at UofL basketball games, launched a small tour to Kentucky and southern Indiana high schools and have been invited to perform at community events.
In the Spring of 2016, Cardsmen collaborated with the UofL's PEACC Program on a project speaking against sexual assault on college campuses. After arranging their own music, developing their own storyline and the volunteer help of key members of the UofL community, their a capella version of Lady Gaga's "Till It Happens to You" video went viral and ended up in the top 10 in the country. A popular vote pushed it into the top five.
This upcoming year Singing Cardsmen has been invited to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in February 2017, an honor only bestowed to two collegiate choirs in the state of Kentucky each year. Continuing their work in the community, Singing Cardsmen are partnering with the choirs at JCPS Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts Magnet, providing mentorship and brotherhood to the boys in the 2nd-5th grade choirs.
The Cardsmen are currently working towards lofty fundraising goals in hopes to embark on a west coast tour in the Spring 2017 to spread their music and messages on a broader scope.