Auditions

Choir Master Edward Jones works with student in Paine Hall

Auditions for the 2017-18 Season have completed. Congratulations to all of our new choir members!

Audition Information

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 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, and Mozart’s Requiem. This year, the choir will explore the works of Claudio Monteverdi (in honor of the composer’s 450th anniversary celebrations) with performances of Orfeo and the Vespers.

Students interested in joining the Harvard University Choir should plan on participating in our fall preliminary auditions held at the end of August / early September each year. 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 auditionees are invited to join the choir for an Open Rehearsal and Sunday Service in late August / early September to get a sense of our week-to-week work.

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! Watch the documentary below for a backstage look into choir audtions.

A Backstage Look at Harvard University Choir Auditions