Auditions

Choir Master Edward Jones works with student in Paine Hall

For over 180 years, the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform diverse choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. Its program of daily and weekly choral services, tours, commissions, and recordings make it one of the leading college chapel ensembles in the United States.

Recent seasons have included Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Gluck’s Alceste, the U.S. premiere of Gareth Treseder’s War Cantata, Monteverdi's Vespers, Dove's Tobias and the Angel, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Britten’s St.Nicolas, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Paulus's The Three Hermits, and Mozart’s Requiem. The choir completed a one-week tour to England in January 2019.

Students interested in joining the Harvard University Choir should plan on participating in our fall preliminary auditions, which occur at the beginning of term. 

Audition Information

To audition, we ask that you prepare a short piece (a solo work if you have one, but a hymn tune or “Happy Birthday” will do as well) for our preliminary audition; you’ll also be asked to do some range testing and sightreading. There's no need to sign up for a time slot, just show up any time during preliminary auditions. All auditions are held in the Choir Room of Memorial Church (ground level).

Audition Times
Check back in July for the Fall 2019 Audition Schedule.

As a part of your audition, we ask that you attend:

Open Rehearsal
All auditionees are asked to attend the Open Rehearsal in the Choir Room of the Memorial Church (ground level). Date & location to be announced. 

Other Events
There are also a few optional events that we strongly encourage you to attend to learn more about the choir and meet members of the choir:

Fellows Sunday
We strongly encourage auditionees to come hear the Choral Fellows, a 16-member subset of UChoir, sing at Sunday Service on Sunday, September 1 from 11am-12:30pm. The service is held in Memorial Church.

Tea Time
To learn more about UChoir and talk to current members, join us for snacks and conversation at tea-time on Thursday, September 5th from 4-5pm in the Student Oasis of the Memorial Church (ground level).

Compline
You are also invited to attend our Compline Service on Thursday, September 5th, from 9-9:30pm, in Appleton Chapel of Memorial Church. This candlelit service is a great way to relax at the end of the day, and happens once a month.

Please feel free to contact the Choir Secretaries May Wang ’20 and Katharine Courtemanche ’21 at uchoir@gmail.com with any questions about the audition process, singing with the choir, or music at Harvard more generally! Watch the documentary below for a backstage look into choir audtions.

A Backstage Look at Harvard University Choir Auditions