Winner of the prestigious Erwin Bodky Award for excellence in early music, the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra is a small chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing back to life the vivid rhetoric and dancing rhythms of baroque music.
It was founded by Robert Mealy ‘85, now the director of the Juilliard School's Historical Performance Program, and Dr. Murray Somerville (Gund University Organist and Choirmaster, 1990-2003).
The orchestra rehearses each week in the sanctuary of Memorial Church, using the church’s set of baroque bows and instruments from the Early Instrument Collection of the Music Department. HBCO’s Harvard members are joined by students and recent graduates of the New England Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, Boston University and the Longy School of Music.
Guest directors have included Christopher Hogwood, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Joel Cohen, Andrew Parrot, Ton Koopman, Anne Azema, and Bobby McFerrin. The group has also sponsored masterclasses by Elizabeth Blumenstock, Nicholas McGeegan, and Judy Tarling.