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College glee club told to stop singing at Nashville mall

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The Miami University Men's Glee Club performed Friday evening at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Miami University Men's Glee Club performed Friday evening at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Members of a glee club who have performed at Carnegie Hall and toured Europe were shut down when they broke into a spontaneous song for a lunchtime crowd at Opry Mills Mall in Nashville.

About 60 members of the men's glee club from Miami University in Ohio had just finished lunch at the mall during a break between performances Friday in Nashville when a security guard rolled up on a Segway.

"Abruptly, we were asked to stop from mall security and asked to leave the mall," said Cole Miracle, a junior with the glee club.

Opry Mills declined an interview but emailed a statement from Jad Murphy, the general manager:

"Opry Mills embraces quality entertainment as a big part of Music City with regular programming on our entertainment stage. There was a misunderstanding as we never asked them to leave, but suggested that they work with the mall team to properly schedule a time and place to perform here. We welcome them back to entertain our shoppers with the appropriate pre-planning we require."

The singers said they enjoy singing in public places and said, before this incident, it hasn't been a problem.

"We love to get out there, we love to sing in public. We like to see the smiles it brings to people's faces," Miracle said.

"It's private property, I understand. So it's their rules," he said.

The  Miami University Men's Glee Club was founded in 1907 and is one of the oldest and largest college male glee clubs in America. They're touring Europe in May.

Yet, here in Music City, in a mall next door to the Grand Old Opry, they learned spontaneous singing is not allowed.

"When we came here, we thought there would be music coming from every door," Miracle said.

"A few guys kind of giggled, 'Oh, this might be a little ironic.' But, then, we do understand there's a time and a place for everything. And so we wanted to make sure we respected the space," said T. Jordan McCarthy, a senior with the glee club.

For more information about the Miami Glee Club, visit: http://www.mugleeclub.org.

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