Ensembles

Harvard Unversity Band playing on Science Center Plaza Tower in distanceOrchestras and Choruses

Professionally-Led Orchestras

Baroque Chamber Orchestra
A chamber orchestra that uses baroque instruments and bows from Harvard's collection to recapture the vibrant and improvisatory performance styles of that era. Phoebe Carrai, Director. Fall 2022 Audition information: Sunday, Sept 11. 1-4, Mem Church Choir Room, contact harvardbaroque@gmail.com to sign up. 

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
The HRO is the oldest university symphonic orchestra in America, now celebrating its 214th season. The orchestra presents four major performances annually in Sanders Theatre, with repertoire spanning from the 18th century to new commissions. The orchestra also tours internationally to countries such as Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Canada, and Italy. Federico Cortese, Director. 

Harvard Jazz Band
Founded in 1971, the Jazz Band plays literature that spans all the major eras and traditions of jazz, from big band to be-bop to fusion. The band performs regularly with jazz luminaries through the OFA Jazz Program. Yosvany Terry, Director of Jazz Ensembles. 

Harvard University Band 
The Harvard University Band performs at all home and away football games. Throughout the year, it can also be seen in action at men's and women's hockey and basketball games, other Harvard sports, and at various university, community and charity events. Mark Olson, Director, Harvard University Bands and Wind Ensemble. 

Harvard Wind Ensemble
A select group of fifty musicians, founded in the 1960s, to offer talented Harvard musicians the opportunity to study and perform original literature for winds and percussion. Mark Olson, Conductor. 

Harvard Pops Orchestra 
The Harvard Pops Orchestra presents two creatively-themed concerts a year. Through an eclectic range of music, including classical, film, and pop; theatrical and visual elements; and lots of laughs, we strive to create performances that are unique, enriching, and enjoyable. Allen Feinstein '86, Conductor. 

Student-Led Orchestras

Bach Society Orchestra 
Harvard's premier student-led chamber orchestra. Alumni include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, composers John Adams and John Harbison, conductors Alan Gilbert, Isaiah Jackson, Christopher Wilkins, Hugh Wolff, and Samuel Wong, and members of top American symphony orchestras.

River Charles Ensemble 
The RCE orchestra is a music program for student musicians to develop as young artists, creative thinkers, and unique personalities. Without the presence of a conductor, each musician becomes a peer mentor, and the intensive work ethic has helped to raise the caliber of the orchestra with every performance. An ensemble with musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds, RCE is a resident orchestra of Paine Hall in the Harvard Music Department. The RCE is modeled after the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York and aims to perform at a high level by developing leadership and collaboration techniques amongst all musicians in the ensemble. RCE is a proud partnering organization of the Harvard College Piano Society.
For Fall '22 audition information, look for updates on the Ensemble's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RiverCharlesEnsemble/) and website (https://rivercharlesensemble.wordpress.com/).

Mozart Society Orchestra
The MSO is a student-run orchestra that prides itself on its tight-knit musical community, fostering a relaxed and friendly environment while still remaining committed to musical excellence. MSO combines the intimate music-making atmosphere of a chamber ensemble and the full sound of a symphony orchestra. Our repertoire spans time periods, identities and genres, ranging from baroque concertos to 20th century compositions. 

Professionally-Led Choruses

Harvard Choruses
The parent organization of the Harvard Glee Club, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Radcliffe Choral Society, and Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. The Harvard Choruses aspires to empower singers, student leaders, and communities by sustaining and advancing choral music education and practice. Together we value continuous and ongoing growth for our singers and the choruses at large: as students, through leadership and creativity; as musicians, through dedication to art-making; and as citizens, through community engagement. The Harvard Choruses sponsors voice lessons for all interested members. Preliminary auditions for the Choruses are Tuesday, August 30–Friday, September 2. For more information visit: www.singatharvard.com/audition

Harvard Glee Club (tenor and bass Chorus (TTBB) chorus)
The nation's oldest collegiate chorus, showcasing music written in the male chorus tradition, the Harvard Glee Club performs throughout the year, collaborating with arts groups on campus and across the world, through national and international tours. HGC also features its own student-conducted a cappella group, Glee Club Lite. Through excellence in performance, student-management, education, community, tradition and philanthropy, the Glee Club offers a unique musical experience for all members.

Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus (mixed symphonic chorus)
Founded in 1979, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus is made up of 120 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and community members. The ensemble presents two major choral-orchestral performances per year, exploring a wide range of repertoire spanning the baroque, classical, romantic, 20th century and present-day music. Members of HRC represent a variety of music backgrounds and experience levels.

Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (mixed (SATB) chorus)
A nationally acclaimed collegiate mixed choir, Collegium has performed at prestigious venues in the United States and around the world. The ensemble performs a dynamic and innovative repertoire spanning classical large-scale works to new compositions by renowned, emerging and student composers. Collegium is proud to foster a tradition of excellence through community as reflected in its music-making, student leadership, community engagement, alumni engagement and lifelong bonds between members. Collegium also features The Chamber Singers, a student-led subset that performs a wide variety of new music, world music and canonic works.

Kuumba Singers of Harvard College 
Founded in 1971, Kuumba is the oldest black undergraduate organization on Harvard's campus. Kuumba is a non-audition choir and artistic space dedicated to singing music from the African Diaspora (spirituals, gospel, R&B, jazz, etc.), and celebrating Black creativity and spirituality through various mediums of creative expression: song, dance, poetry, theater and visual art. Sheldon K. X. Reid ‘97, Director. 

Radcliffe Choral Society ( soprano and alto (SSAA) chorus)
Founded in 1899, the RCS is one of the country's premier soprano-alto choruses. The ensemble performs a distinctive repertoire spanning nine centuries of choral literature: sacred and secular, a cappella and accompanied, collaborative and choral-orchestral. RCS aims to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of treble and women's choral music through the commission of new works for treble voices, high-caliber performances, and domestic and international travel, striving to honor its history and further its legacy. As a student run and managed 501(c)(3) non-profit, singers are given a unique opportunity to join the Executive Committee, learning about and developing their skills in arts management. RCS also features its own student-led a cappella subset, 'Cliffe Notes.

University Choir 
A mixed voice choir affiliated with Memorial Church. The choir performs sacred works at Sunday morning services and in periodic concerts throughout the year. Edward Jones, Conductor. 

Skills for Singing Course

Semester Offered: Fall 2022 (September 15 - December 1); Spring 2022 Dates TBD 
Time/Location: Thursdays from 7pm-9pm in Music Building Classroom 6 (3 Oxford Street)

Skills for Singing is a  is a co-curricular, non-credit, no-fee course offering weekly voice training in a group setting, with a particular focus on understanding how the voice functions and regularly applying that knowledge through class repertoire. Each class will also devote time to reading and sight-singing Western musical notation. All experience levels are welcome, as each student will grow from where they are and discover more about their unique voice, personal musicianship, and artistic style. Participation in the course is encouraged for those new to singing, those looking to audition for the Harvard Choruses, operas, musicals, or a cappella groups,  or any new members of the Harvard ensembles looking to further their vocal abilities.

Space is limited to 20 singers, and usually there is a long waitlist. Priority is given to Harvard College undergraduates but Harvard graduate students and Harvard faculty/staff/affiliates are welcome for consideration and greatly contribute to the class experience. All singers will follow current Harvard University protocols concerning COVID-19.  

Interested students should fill out this Skills for Singing Interest Form by 11:59pm on Friday, September 9. Email invitations will go out that weekend, with the first class to start Thursday, September 15. 

Instructor: Elizabeth Eschen. (eschen@fas.harvard.edu)
Find out more about the course