Each week, we will post music from the Harvard University Choir on our website and social media. The series starts with a recording from Stephen Paulus’s opera The Three Hermits, recorded in October 2016. Enjoy!
Stephen Paulus (1949–2014): Scene 1, Part 1: The Three Hermits (1997) a church opera in one act. Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor; David McFerrin (Bishop); Clare McNamara (Mother). (Icon image courtesy of Guirguis Boktor, Coptic Art Studio). 23 October 2016.
It has been a remarkable year for the Memorial Church, during which the Harvard University Choir has flourished. Due to the renovation project, the Fall Term was spent in diaspora: services and performances were held in a wide variety of venues, each with their own challenges and benefits. The choir and the music program have grown as a result of our peregrinations.
Auditions for the choir were held in the opulent surroundings of the Paine Hall — the music department’s concert hall, named for the first University organist and choirmaster — which became home-base for our weekly rehearsals. Read more about A remarkable year
By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications
With the renovation of the Memorial Church during Fall Term, the Harvard University Choir stretched their voices into new venues across the campus. Auditions and rehearsals were in Paine Hall, the Fall Concert at Sanders Theatre and the Carol Services took place in St. Paul Church.