The arts at Harvard offer a terrific way for staff members to attend events, get involved with the arts and discover their own creativity. What follows is a list of opportunities for staff members to participate in the arts scene in a variety of ways.
2019 Harvard Summer Pops Band
Directed by Mark Olson, the Harvard Summer Pops Band, which is enjoying its 47th season, is open to all brass, woodwind and percussion musicians regardless of age or experience. No audition or fees required. The ensemble's first rehearsal is June 26. The remaining rehearsals are every Wednesday through July 24. All rehearsals take place in historic Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street. Concerts are 4 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at Sanders Theater, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston. The concerts are free and open to the public.
Harvard Summer Chorus
The Harvard Summer Chorus, founded in 1936, is a unique blend of all ages, backgrounds and histories. As a program sponsored by the Harvard Summer School, the Summer Chorus welcomes high school students who take part in the program, as well as collegiate singers and adult community members from all over the world. Led by Andrew Clark, Harvard University's Director of Choral Activities, the Summer Chorus performs masterworks each year with a professional orchestra and soloists in Sanders Theatre. Auditions are June 23 and 24. Find out more about auditions here.
Founded in 1979, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus – with 120 student, faculty, staff and community singers – performs two concerts of major choral-orchestral works each season in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Members represent a variety of music backgrounds and experience levels. The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and its conductor Edward Jones welcome you to participate in an ongoing adventure into fine music-making.
Harvard Summer School Orchestra
Currently in its 35th season, the Harvard Summer School Orchestra is under the direction of Judith Zuckerman. The orchestra comprises approximately 60 players and performs works from the classical repertoire. This year, the orchestra will perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, as well as other pieces. Orchestral musicians of all ages are invited to audition. Auditions are June 23-25. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS FIRST Festival
Each fall, the Office for the Arts puts out a call for volunteers to become a part of the team for our annual ARTS FIRST Festival in the spring. Students, community members and staff are always among these valuable participants who help bring one of the nation's largest college arts festivals to the stages and venues of Harvard. The next ARTS FIRST Festival is April 30-May 3, 2020. Check back here in the fall for more information. Or sign up now for our weekly e-newsletter The Beat so you can be the first to find out about ARTS FIRST opportunities and even more about the arts at Harvard.
Outings & Innings
Outings & Innings is an internal Harvard service for staff, faculty, retirees, students and some other Harvard affiliates that offers a dynamic menu of date-specific tickets for a variety of performing arts and professional sports, and "anyday" tickets for movies, museums and seasonal attractions. O&I also partners with cultural attractions and businesses to offer special HUID discounts. O&I provides significant savings on many offerings, access to high-demand events and no hefty transaction fees! A HarvardKey is required to set up a customer account and to receive O&I’s elist of upcoming events and special offers such as with Broadway in Boston, Boston Ballet and Boston Pops.
American Repertory Theater
The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as artistic director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as artistic director in 2008. A $5 discount is available to Harvard faculty and staff with HUID. Limit one ticket per performance per ID and not applicable for $25 tickets.
The Arnold Arboretum is Harvard University's international center for the study of plants. Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world.
Established in 1872 and planned and designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes. Founded as a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace.
Free and open to the public every day of the year, the Arboretum is a safe and accessible community resource.
Harvard Art Museums – Visit one of the world’s leading art institutions, comprised of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology – Explore human cultural history from Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world.
Harvard Museum of Natural History – Explore 16 galleries showcasing dinosaurs, mammals, meteorites, birds, rare minerals and gemstones, the world-famous Glass Flowers, and life in New England forests and marine waters.
The Semitic Museum – Discover exhibitions that focus on life in the ancient near east, including a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home and authentic mummy coffins.