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. This fall the music program will be online because of the pandemic.
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.
For our preliminary auditions, 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), and upload it as a video file to google drive via THIS GOOGLE FORM by 6 pm EDT on Sunday, Sept. 6. We welcome both accompanied and unaccompanied submissions, as well as footage from a recent concert or recital.
Call Back (invitational)
Our audition form will prompt you to indicate your availability for a synchronous callback with choir director Edwared Jones, over zoom. Callbacks will be held Sept. 8-10 from 2-5 pm EDT. You will be asked to do some range testing and sight reading. If you are invited for a callback, you will receive an email by 5 pm on Monday, Sept. 7 with your assigned time slot and a zoom link.
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 encourage auditionees to come hear a recording of our choir sing at Sunday Service on Sunday, Aug. 23rd from 11am–12:30pm. A coffee hour over zoom with members of the choir and the rest of MemChurch community will follow the service.
To learn more about UChoir and talk to current members, join us for snacks and conversation at tea time on Saturday, September 5th from 4–5pm EDT at THIS ZOOM LINK.
Please feel free to contact the Choir Secretaries Kath Courtemanche '21 and Rena Cohen ‘22 at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the audition process, singing with the choir, or music at Harvard more generally!
A Backstage Look at Harvard University Choir Auditions