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.
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).
Fall 2019 Audition Times
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2–4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2–4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2–4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2–4 p.m.
All auditionees are asked to attend the Open Rehearsal in the Choir Room of the Memorial Church (ground level) on Thursday, Sept. 5, 5–6 p.m.
Call Back Service (invitational)
We will invite some auditionees to attend our Sunday Service on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and we will hold callback quartet auditions that afternoon from 2–5 p.m. You will be asked to sing your part from one of the pieces that morning with each of the other three voice parts.
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:
We strongly encourage auditionees to come hear the Choral Fellows, a 16-member subset of UChoir, sing at Sunday Service on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The service is held in Memorial Church.
To learn more about UChoir and talk to current members, join us for snacks and conversation at tea-time on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4–5 p.m. in the Student Oasis of the Memorial Church (ground level).
You are also invited to attend our Compline Service on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9–9:30 p.m., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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