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 Cara Jacobson ’18 or Theodora Mautz ’19 at uchoir@gmail.com with any questions about the audition process, singing with the choir, or music at Harvard more generally!

 

 

 

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MemChurchMusic Wednesdays kicks off with The Three Hermits

MemChurchMusic Wednesdays!

Each week, we will post music from the Harvard University Choir on our website and social media. The series starts with a recording from Stephen Paulus’s opera The Three Hermits, recorded in October 2016.  Enjoy!

Stephen Paulus (1949–2014): Scene 1, Part 4: The Three Hermits (1997) a church opera in one act. Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor; David McFerrin (Bishop); Clare McNamara (Mother). (Icon image courtesy of Guirguis Boktor, Coptic Art Studio). 23 October 2016.

Stephen Paulus (1949–2014): Scene 1, Part 3: The Three Hermits (1997) a church opera in one act. Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor; David McFerrin (Bishop); Clare McNamara (Mother). (Icon image courtesy of Guirguis Boktor, Coptic Art Studio). 23 October 2016.

 

Stephen Paulus (1949–2014): Scene 1, Part 2: The Three Hermits (1997) a church opera in one act. Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor; David McFerrin (Bishop); Clare McNamara (Mother). (Icon image courtesy of Guirguis Boktor, Coptic Art Studio). 23 October 2016.

 

Stephen Paulus (1949–2014): Scene 1, Part 1: The Three Hermits (1997) a church opera in one act. Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor; David McFerrin (Bishop); Clare McNamara (Mother). (Icon image courtesy of Guirguis Boktor, Coptic Art Studio). 23 October 2016.

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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