Harvard University Choir

The Harvard University Choir

About UChoir

Music in the Memorial Church is provided by the Harvard University Choir, whose members are undergraduate and graduate students in the University. For over 180 years the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform great choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. A demanding, yet rewarding experience, the choir is regarded by many as the premier program in college chapel music in the United States. Each year the choir performs America's oldest Christmas Carol Services to packed congregations.

The choir is also a place for students to broaden their musical horizons, many as composers and conductors as well as singers, and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other gifted musicians. Additionally, choir members receive private vocal lessons from distinguished teachers right in The Memorial Church. Due to the high level of sight-reading and vocal technique in the ensemble, rapport quickly develops within the choir and rehearsals are efficient, focused, and fun. The rehearsals, which last for 90 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, fit easily into most graduate and undergraduate academic schedules. The sense of community is also strengthened by pre-rehearsal coffee hours and post event parties, fostering friendships that last well beyond Harvard.

Please feel free to contact the Choir Secretaries Andy Troska ’17 or Cara Jacobson ’18 at uchoir@gmail.com with any questions about the audition process, singing with the choir, or music at Harvard more generally!


UChoir News

From the Choirmaster: Successful Terms in Song with Rose, Bach and Evensong

By Edward E. Jones

The Harvard University Choir ended the Fall Term with a pair of carol services featuring local composer James Woodman’s exquisite The Midwife’s Tale, alongside world premieres by David Ashley White and Carson Cooman. At the end of January the group packed its bags and left chilly Cambridge for sunny Savannah, the first stop on its brief tour of the south. Concerts followed in Columbia and Charleston.

Spring Concert Sneak Peek

The Harvard University Choir rehearsing Bach's SINGET DEM HERRN in preparation for the 2016 Spring Concert. The concert will take place on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Church Sanctuary.

Eastertide music from UChoir

Spring Bursts Today

This recording presents a selection of Eastertide anthems as they might be heard in the daily and Sunday services of the Memorial Church, Harvard University, during that glorious season.
The Resurrection narrative—theatrical to the core—has long-inspired dramatic musical representation, and this recording offers a wide variety of Eastertide joy, from sixteenth-century England, through to a series of contemporary works commissioned by the Harvard University Choir. We are pleased to offer this recording as a free download. Released April 20, 2014 

The Harvard University Choir performs several concerts throughout the year as well as music for the following Memorial Church services: 

Sunday Service 
Sundays, 11am 

Morning Prayers 
Mon-Fri in Term, 8:45-9am 

1st Thursday of the month
See calendar for specific dates & times