2017 Auditions for Music Ensembles

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.

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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


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

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.