Music

A remarkable year

Choirmaster Edward Jones rehearses with University Choir at Paine Hall

By Edward E. Jones

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

12 Days of Carols: Day 12

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: Sussex Carol

Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.

The Annual Christmas Carol Service, sung by the Harvard University Choir, is America’s oldest carol service. In 1910, the newly appointed University and Choirmaster, Archibald T. Davison, and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Edward C. Moore, devised the first annual Christmas Carol Service for Harvard University. The liturgy they prepared has remained virtually unchanged since: three lessons from scripture, interspersed with choral and congregational carols, beginning with “Adeste, fideles” sung in Latin. Over a century later, this service continues to be a cherished part of the festive season for the Harvard and Cambridge communities. Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 12

12 Days of Carols: Day 11

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: Blessed Be That Maid Marie. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.
Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 11

12 Days of Carols: Day 10

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: Stille Nacht! / Silent Night. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.
Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 10

12 Days of Carols: Day 9

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: See, Amid the Winter’s Snow. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.
Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 9

12 Days of Carols: Day 8

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: O beatum et sacrosanctum diem. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.
Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 8

12 Days of Carols: Day 7

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: “Interregnum” (No. 2) from The Midwife’s Tale. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.

Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 7

12 Days of Carols: Day 6

Harvard University Choir's 12 Days of Carols: En etsi valtaa, loistoa. The 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service filmed in December of 2015 at the Harvard Memorial Church.
Get into the holiday spirit! Starting on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the Memorial Church will release a new video every day from last year's 106th Annual Christmas Carol Service.  Read more about 12 Days of Carols: Day 6