2017 Auditions for Music Ensembles

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Professionally-Led Orchestras

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra*

AUDITIONS: The HRO has openings in all sections; please prepare two contrasting pieces on your instrument, for a total of 10-12 minutes of music.; no scales or sight-reading. Auditions held in Paine Hall. More information at the HRO website.

Auditions will take place August 27-29 in Paine Hall.

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Harvard University Band / Harvard Wind Ensemble / Harvard Jazz Bands

AUDITIONS: Sign up for a 30-minute, informal audition on our website, or call (617) 496-BAND to set up a time that works for you.

Harvard University Marching Band: play a major scale and sightread one of our fight songs.
Wind Ensemble: prepare a short piece of your choice. 
Jazz Band: sight read a Big Band chart, play a prepared piece of your choice, and improvise over a recorded blues rhythm section.

Any questions? Are you a grad student interested in playing? Contact Director Mark Olson at meolson@fas.

The Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Travel back in time with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra – a group dedicated to bringing back to life the vivid rhetoric and dancing rhythms of baroque music. Harvard Baroque is led from within by renowned baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai and violinist Sarah Darling ’02. We rehearse once a week, playing on the instruments and bows from Harvard’s Early Instrument Collection. Harvard Baroque performs two concerts of orchestral music annually, plus evenings of chamber music. No prior experience with early instruments is necessary, only a love of music and a willingness to play well with others while experimenting with new sounds! 

AUDITIONS: For more information, contact harvardbaroque@gmail.com. Plan to come with a baroque work, about 5 minutes in length. Then we will put an early instrument in your hands and play a piece of chamber music with you for the rest of the audition. 

The Harvard Pops Orchestra

AUDITIONS held in the basement of Lowell Lecture Hall.

Auditions are a simple ten-minute affair, consisting of a short solo of your choosing, sight reading, and joke telling. (The joke telling won't actually affect admission.) When it's all done, you get a lollipop. More information here. Questions: email harvardpops@gmail.com.

Professionally-Led Choruses

The Harvard Choruses*

OPEN REHEARSALS: Come rehearse with any of the three Harvard Choruses, and get a feel for our special brand of music making. All you need is a pencil and a voice. Wednesday, August 30 from 4:15-5:45pm

AUDITIONS: Held in the basement of Memorial Hall. No need to prepare anything or sign up in advance. Auditions take about 10 minutes. For more information, please email harvardchoruses@gmail.com or visit the Harvard Choruses’ website.

Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum* (Lowell Lecture Hall)
Radcliffe Choral Society* (Paine Hall)
Harvard Glee Club* (Holden Chapel)

Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1 from 5-8 PM
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Harvard Radcliffe Chorus (Lowell Lecture Hall):


*Eligible for Harvard College credit. More info>

The Harvard University Choir (UChoir)

Hear the Choir 
Freshman Sunday, August 28, 11 am: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden Street.Compline, Thursday, September 1, 9 pm: The Porch of the Memorial Church (opposite Widener Library). 

OPEN REHEARSAL: Thursday, August 31, 5–6 pm: Memorial Hall

TEA TIME: Learn more about UChoir Thursday, August 31, 4-5 pm in the Buttrick Room of the Memorial Church.

AUDITIONS: Prepare a short piece (a solo work if you have one, but a hymn tune or “Happy Birthday” will do as well) and be prepared to do some range testing and sightreading for the preliminary audition. There's no need to sign up for a time slot, just show up any time during preliminary auditions. Held in the Choir Room of The Memorial Church, across from Canaday F-entry. More information>

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

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College is the oldest existing Black organization at Harvard College. Formed during a time of high political turmoil, the purpose of the Kuumba Singers is to express Black creativity and spirituality in order to create a safe space for Black students. In existence for 40 years, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, or simply Kuumba, has served the Boston community as well as the national community through songs in genres ranging from Negro spirituals to contemporary gospel. With concerts held during the both the winter and the spring of each year, along with many other performances and a spring tour, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College is committed to celebrating Black culture and providing a sense of unity and safety for its members. Through its music and performance, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College strives to fulfill its mission of leaving a space better than it was found in the true meaning of kuumba. For more information, please email president@kuumbasingers.org or visit Kuumba's website.

Kuumba rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 10pm in the Penthouse of the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH). We hold regular rehearsals during fall and spring semesters (early September – early December and late January – late April). No audition necessary.

First rehearsal: Tuesday, September 5, 7-9 pm in the SOCH Penthouse


Course Credit*

Undergraduates are eligible to receive Harvard College credit in the following performance courses:

Music 10hfr. Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Music 14hfr. Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
Music 15hfr. Harvard Glee Club
Music 16hfr. Radcliffe Choral Society

These courses may be taken repeatedly, but to receive credit the courses must be taken in the Fall and Spring semesters consecutively. A maximum of four semesters (two years) may be counted as credit towards the degree.

Student-Led Orchestras

Harvard College Latin Band

Harvard College TEATRO! is excited to announce that this fall, we will be collaborating with the Office for the Arts to start the Harvard College Latin Band, aimed at performing and promoting Latin music around Harvard, the Boston area, and beyond! Styles will range from salsa, guaguanco, and mambo, to son and boleros, and everything in between! There will be a weekly commitment of one full band rehearsal as well as additional rhythm/horn/vocal sectionals as needed (no more than one per week). 

Auditions for all parts will be taking place Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3. We’re particularly looking for piano, bass, percussion (conga/bongos, timbales/clave/cymbal, auxiliary), trumpets, trombones, and reeds, preferably with Latin music experience (montuno for piano, different percussion patterns for congas, etc.). However, all instruments and all levels are welcome to audition. We are also looking singers that are fluent in Spanish. Auditions are open to ALL STUDENTS regardless of instrument, experience with Latin music, or ethnic identity. 


Sept. 2 - Memorial Hall 016 (9am-1pm), Quincy Stone Hall Practice Room (1pm-5pm)
Sept. 3 - Memorial Hall (9am-11am), Quincy Stone Hall Practice Room (12pm-4pm)

Note: Percussionists will have priority in Mem Hall due to availability of equipment. If you are a percussionist and you audition in Quincy you must bring equipment.

Questions at all about the audition process or the expected commitment for band members? Email harvardcollegeteatro@gmail.com


The Bach Society Orchestra

Harvard's only free-ticket classical music ensemble, BachSoc is heading into its 63rd season this year! Despite our name we play orchestral music from all time periods in an intimate chamber setting. BachSoc is also student-conducted—this year's music director is Reuben Stern '20. 

Auditions: Sign up for a time slot here! Auditions are very low-key and only require 5-7 minutes of solo repertoire on your instrument. Contrasting excerpts recommended but not required!


River Charles Ensemble

AUDITIONS: Auditions slots will be 15 minutes in length.


More information on the RCE website. Contact rce@hcs.harvard.edu with any questions.