It has been a remarkable year for the Memorial Church, during which the Harvard University Choir has flourished. Due to the renovation project, the Fall Term was spent in diaspora: services and performances were held in a wide variety of venues, each with their own challenges and benefits. The choir and the music program have grown as a result of our peregrinations.
Auditions for the choir were held in the opulent surroundings of the Paine Hall — the music department’s concert hall, named for the first University organist and choirmaster — which became home-base for our weekly rehearsals. Read more about A remarkable year
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. Read more about From the Choirmaster: Successful Terms in Song with Rose, Bach and Evensong
November is a time of remembrance and reflection in the Memorial Church, and in that spirit I look back on a very busy and successful two months for our music department, while looking forward to the many musical offerings in the coming months.
At the start of the Fall Term we welcomed Thomas Sheehan to the staff of the Memorial Church as Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster. Prior to his appointment, Tom served on the music staff of Saint Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey; he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and Westminster Choir College. Tom has already become a valued member of our staff, and wowed congregation and choir alike with his postlude on Freshman Sunday — a thrilling rendition of Langlais’s Fête, from memory! I am thoroughly enjoying our work together: a wonderful all-round musician, Tom is not only a superb organist, but a harpsichordist, pianist, and conductor too. Read more about From the Choirmaster