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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UChoir Secretaries Joy Wang '16 or Andy Troska ’17.


UChoir News

Behind the Scenes of the Upcoming Carol Service

The Harvard University Choir rehearses "En etsi valtaa, loistoa" by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) in preparation for the 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.

Jacob's Ladder by Calvin Hampton

The Harvard University Choir under the direction of Edward Jones sings Calvin Hampton’s arrangement of the spiritual “Jacob’s Ladder.”


UChoir sings Morning Prayers by Philip Moore

The Harvard University Choir directed by Edward Elwyn Jones sings Philip Moore's "Morning Prayers" on a text by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. From the CD "Sing the Glory!"

The Harvard University Choir provides music in Term for the following Memorial Church services: 

Sunday Service 
Sundays, 11am 

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

1st Thursday of the month, 10pm 

Choir Reunion Photos