Choir Master Edward Jones works with student in Paine Hall

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 (schedule below). 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 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 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.


Fall 2017 Audition schedule: Held in the Choir Room of the Memorial Church
Tuesday, August 29, 2-4 pm
Wednesday, August 30, 2-4 pm
Thursday, August 31, 2-4 pm
Saturday, September 2, 10 am-12:30 pm

Hear the Choir
Freshman Sunday, August 27, 11 am, The Memorial Church Sanctuary

Open Rehearsal
Thursday, August 31, 5-6 pm, in the Choir Room of the Memorial Church.

Tea Time

To learn more about UChoir, join us for tea-time on Thursday, August 31, 4-5 pm in the Buttrick Room of the Memorial Church.