Student-Led Groups

Students gather around, wearing green make art t-shirtsBelow is a sampling of a variety of student groups on campus. For a full listing of recognized student organizations, please visit TheHub@Harvard College. Please note that groups change leadership throughout the academic year.

If you have difficulty contacting any of the groups on this list, please contact the Office for the Arts for assistance: 617.495.8676 or ofa@fas.harvard.edu

 

Asian American Dance Troupe

For over twenty years, the Harvard Asian American Dance Troupe (AADT) has sought to spread an appreciation and awareness of Asian culture through dance. Our repertoire includes a diverse range of dance forms including traditional, ethnic minority, martial arts, modern, ballet, hip-hop, and fusion.

 

Bach Society Orchestra
The Bach Society Orchestra, also known as BachSoc, is Harvard's student-led undergraduate chamber orchestra, devoted to performing pieces from every time period in a setting that promotes musical excellence.

 

CityStep

CityStep brings together teams of college students and city schoolchildren in a transformative performing arts partnership.
The mission: Promoting creative self-expression and mutual understanding through dance.

 

Corcairdhearg: Harvard College Irish Dancers

The Harvard College Irish Dancers, named "Corcairdhearg" after the Irish word for "Crimson", are a group of students dedicated to choreographing, practicing, and performing Irish Dancing at Harvard. 

 

Eleganza

Eleganza is Harvard's largest student production that fuses together dance, fashion, diversity, and service, offering an opportunity to showcase a wide breadth of art on stage and give back to the community through a partnership with Teen Empowerment.

 

Expressions Dance Company

Sending a warm welcome to the Class of 2024 from Expressions Dance Company, Harvard's hip hop dance company. EDC is a fully student-run company led by the Board of Direx. Open to all students at the college and greater-Harvard community, our members range from first-timers to world-renowned dancers. The company hosts sold out bi-annual shows with a cast featuring 150+ members in addition to open workshops, company socials, and special events throughout the semester. All are welcomed to audition! 

 

Fallen Angels

We are the Fallen Angels, Harvard College's premier upper-voice, contemporary a cappella group! Twice a year, we perform a new and exciting setlist in Sanders Theatre! If you're interested in joining us, then fill out this interest form.

 

First-Year Musical

A hallmark of Harvard theatre, the First-Year Musical is an annual original musical that is created from the ground up entirely by first-year students - this year's 'Froshical' is called Fake Moos: The John Harvard Musical!

 

Harvard Ballet Company

Harvard Ballet Company is a student-run organization that offers weekly ballet classes to all members and performs classical ballet, contemporary, and modern dance in our biannual shows featuring by company members, alumnae, and professional guest artists.

 

Harvard Ballroom Dance Team

A no-comp dance group that doesn't require prior dance experience, the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team is a collegiate ballroom team that offers classes in 4 different dance styles (19 dances total) as well as fun social opportunities.

 

Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

The Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra (HBCO) is a small chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing back to life the vivid rhetoric and dancing rhythms of baroque music. Sign up for an audition time slot at this link.

 

Harvard Bhangra

Harvard Bhangra exists to meet the artistic and cultural needs of students who express interest in the Punjabi dance form of Bhangra through campus performances, by representing Harvard in competitive venues in the Boston area as well as nationally and internationally, and by teaching Bhangra to any and all individuals who are interested.

 

Harvard Black Men's Forum

The Harvard BMF fosters a supportive atmosphere of brotherhood among the black masculine identifying community on campus. We are concerned with political, social, and cultural issues regarding black men on Harvard University’s campus and beyond, and we promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues through all appropriate means, including publications, meetings, seminars, and active engagement with the community. Upcoming arts events include a panel discussion on "Being Black in the Entertainment Industry."

 

Harvard College Candela Latin Dance Troupe
Harvard Candela Latin Dance Troupe is a student-run dance group that performs Latin dance at a variety of Harvard events. We are a non-competitive, non-audition group that seeks to promote Latin dance in the Harvard community and create ties between arts and the greater student body through the love of dance. Join our information session on Thursday, September 10 at 5pm EST at this link. 

 

Harvard College Deepam

Deepam exists to unite people who share a passion for Indian classical dance on campus. In addition, this group seeks to inspire enthusiasm in the larger community for this vibrant, energetic and graceful tradition. By performing in cultural shows and intercollegiate competitions throughout the year, Deepam maintains its presence on campus and in the Boston area. Fill out this form if interested in joining.

 

Harvard College Electronic Music Collective, HCEMC

Harvard College Electronic Music Collective (HCEMC) is a student collective of electronic music DJs, producers, and enthusiasts; we are the biggest student-run music organization in the U.S. having strong partnerships with major record labels in the words and top artists in the industry to offer our community intimate artist-audience experience. We've hosted lectures/discussion with many world-famous DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Madeon, CheatCodes, Maceo Plex, etc. Check out our Facebook/Instagram @harvardemc for more.

 

Harvard College Film Festival

The Harvard College Film Festival (HCFF) is the premiere film organization at Harvard College. We host bi-weekly movie outings, film socials, career workshops, parties, advanced screenings, and, of course, our annual film festival. Join our +150 member base of movie lovers! Email harvardfilmfestival@gmail.com for more information.

 

Harvard College Opera

 

Harvard College Studio Art Society 

Harvard College Studio Art Society is an organization of student artists who create and engage in art in a casual community setting.

 

Harvard College Nigerian Students Association

The Harvard College Nigerian Student Association is strongly committed to building a network of Nigerians both at Harvard and beyond. Its activities range from performances and arts-based gatherings to social activism.

 

Harvard Glee Club

The Harvard Glee Club is America's oldest collegiate glee club that cultivates and sustains the art of men's choral music through regular concerts in Sander's Theatre as well as yearly tours. 

 

The Harvard Ichthus

The Harvard Ichthus is a forum for Christian thought and expression at Harvard College. You can find our work at harvardichthus.org, and sign up for our mailing list here

 

The Harvard Jazz Band

The Harvard Jazz Band is an audition-based big band that rehearses one to two times a week, performs with guest artists twice a year, plays at places like Scullers Jazz Club and Sanders Theatre, and tours internationally once every two years

 

Harvard Korean Association

The Harvard Korean Association (HKA) is a Korean cultural student organization for undergraduates at Harvard College. This fall we are planning a series of talks with prominent Korean-Americans in the arts: designers, architects, chefs, film directors, and maybe even some people involved in the Kpop industry.

 

The Harvard Krokodiloes

The Harvard Krokodiloes are Harvard's oldest a cappella group: we sing jazz, funk, soul, pop, and beyond and travel the world every summer to share our music!

 

Harvard Opportunes

The Harvard Opportunes, founded in 1980, is Harvard University's oldest and most accomplished all-gender a cappella group. Comprised completely of Harvard undergraduates, the group strives to create intricate harmonies while singing contemporary songs all arranged by group members and alumni.

 

Harvard Passus

The goal of PASSUS is to expose the Harvard community to Step, a form of percussive dance that uses the body as an instrument to produce a range of rhythms and sounds. Through performances and different events, the members of PASSUS will strive to share this unique form of dance with their community.

 

Harvard-Radcliffe Chinese Students Association

The Harvard-Radcliffe Chinese Students Association (CSA) is one of the largest and most active student organizations at Harvard College, comprising over one thousand general members and nineteen Executive Board members. We serve as a home to Harvard’s Chinese and Chinese American community, and a platform for social, cultural, and educational/political interaction among students of all backgrounds.

 

The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum

The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum is a nationally acclaimed mixed-voice (SATB) choir, a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a faculty-conducted FAS course that performs a diverse repertoire ranging from the traditional choral canon to contemporary works. 

 

The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club

The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club is an umbrella organization for campus theater at Harvard College, directly overseeing student productions and organizing Common Casting, Backstage Week, and numerous other events, including panels, master classes, and formals. It also works to connect students to the professionals at the nationally regarded American Repertory Theater, with whom the HRDC shares the Loeb Drama Center.

 

Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company

Established in 1976, The Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company (HRMDC) is the oldest dance organization at Harvard College. We are a contemporary dance group that welcomes a wide variety of dance styles, and we are dedicated to creating and supporting innovative student choreography and performance. HRMDC offers members weekly company classes, guest workshops, and the opportunity to perform and choreograph in the company's biannual shows.

 

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra is America's oldest and Harvard's premier symphony orchestra. Student-led and professionally conducted, the HRO is a welcoming community for students who wish to continue playing classical music in college.

 

Harvard RAZA
Harvard RAZA is the oldest Latinx organization on campus. We define our Mexican and Latinx roots in the American political and social context, identify ourselves as Chicanx; asserting our individuality, we also declare our conviction that we are unique and distinct as a group and a people. From this collective realization, our aspirations originate. We also have a Ballet Folklorico group that performs throughout the year.

 

Harvard South Asian Association


Since 1986, the Harvard South Asian Association has been bringing the Harvard community closer to South Asia and its Diaspora. The SAA produces Ghungroo, an annual celebration of South Asian performing arts, among many other cultural events. Click here to register for the Ghungroo information session on September 20 from 3-4pm EST.

 

Harvard Studio Art Society

The Harvard Studio Art Society seeks to foster the growth of visual artists through the creation, sharing, and promotion of student artwork. By providing resources, community support, and professional guidance, the Studio Art Society encourages the self-development of artists regardless of their level of experience. The Studio Art Society promotes members’ work and raises awareness of the visual arts within the greater Harvard community through periodic exhibitions and showings.

 

Harvard Undergraduate Filmmakers' Association

The Harvard Undergraduate Filmmakers' Association helps student filmmakers develop stories and produce short films. For 2020-21, HUFA is running an online forum for screenwriters to share ideas and peer edit. 

 

Harvard Undergraduate Songwriters' Collective

The Harvard Undergraduate Songwriters' Collective, HUSC, is a community of student songwriters of all experience levels who love to share their songs and grow as musicians. Join us here!

 

Harvard University Band

Find full details about the band here. Sign up to audition here.

 

Harvard University Choir

Find full details about the choir here. Sign up to audition here.

 

The Harvard Wind Ensemble

The Harvard Wind Ensemble is Harvard's premier concert band, offering talented musicians in the Harvard community and beyond to participate in performing various genres of concert band music, from marches to movie soundtracks. Fill out this form if interested in joining.

 

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is America's oldest Theater troupe, and every year since 1844 we've put on an entirely student written and professionally directed comedy, crossdressing musical!

 

Hyperion Shakespeare Company

Hyperion is Harvard College's only organization dedicated to making Shakespeare inclusive, accessible, and entertaining to all people in Harvard's community.

 

Immediate Gratification Players

The Immediate Gratification Players are Harvard's premiere long-form improvisational comedy troupe, and they perform regularly on- and off-campus (occasionally with celebrities!).

 

Kuumba Singers

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College (founded in 1970) 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 to create a safe space for Black students.

 

Mariachi Veritas de Harvard

Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, like all Mariachi ensembles, perform traditional Mexican music. The sounds of trumpets, violins, guitars and the guitarron (bass guitar) combined with singing voices and the culture it represents make up the essence of the Mariachi sound. Because Mariachi music has a special place in the hearts of many members of Harvard and the surrounding community, because we would like to contribute to the musical and cultural diversity available in the area, (and because it is simply great music!), Harvard students have come together to perform this music since 2001. Click here to join us.

 

Mozart Society Orchestra

The Mozart Society Orchestra (MSO), founded in 1984, is Harvard’s premier classical-sized orchestra, enjoying both the intimate music-making of a chamber orchestra and the power of masterpieces usually performed by symphony orchestras. Though musical excellence is its top concern, MSO also boasts one of the most friendly and collegial atmospheres among the musical ensembles on campus.

 

The Noteables

The Noteables is a non-audition show choir open to all Harvard undergraduates; we perform songs from musical theater/cinema and are dedicated to providing a non-competitive, welcoming environment for anyone who loves to sing! Join our information session on September 6 at 4pm EST at this link.

 

 

On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice (OTI) is Harvard's oldest improv comedy group on campus - we do short-form and musical improv (much like the games you see on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?")! 

 

PBHA's HARMONY Mentoring

We provide instrumental and vocal instruction for kids in the Cambridge Public Schools. Through our efforts, we aim to provide musical guidance and to foster musical appreciation in supplement to the musical education received in school. Click here to join us.

 

Radcliffe Choral Society

Founded in 1899, the Radcliffe Choral Society is a soprano-alto choral ensemble that performs a distinctive repertoire spanning nine centuries of choral literature and aims to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of women's choral music.

 

THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers)

THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers) plays everything with percussive potential—from boomwhackers to plastic cups, drum set battles, buckets, and more—and puts on a semesterly comedic show that showcases its original pieces.

 

University Choir