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Monthly Archives: May 2014

H+H Education Outreach Program Announces Three Scholarship Winners

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This year’s winners will perform alongside members of the High School Soloists program on Wednesday, June 11 at New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall.

Past award recipients have gone on to many of the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, and New England Conservatory.

May 29, 2014 (Boston, MA) —  The Handel and Haydn Society Education Outreach Program is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship awards. Each spring, H+H presents three prizes to local high school and college students. This year’s winners are Jessica Toupin of Dracut, Mass.; Jenna Lorusso of Acton, Mass.; and Andrew Milne of Westborough, Mass.

Jessica Toupin receives Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award

The Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award of $1,500 is presented to a graduating high school soloist who intends to continue his or her musical studies in college. The award was established in 2001 in loving memory of Candace Achtmeyer, a member of the Handel and Haydn Society Board from 1993–2001 and a member of the Education Committee, where she voiced passionate opinions about H+H’s responsibility to the community and children.

Jessica Toupin has been singing soprano in H+H’s Young Women’s Chorus since her sophomore year in high school and in the Soloist program during her senior year. Of her H+H experience, Jessica says, “It was in the choral room at Boston Latin where I discovered the power of choral music, and it was in my lessons at New England Conservatory Preparatory School where I fell in love with composers like Bellini and Fauré, and thought to myself, ‘This is it, I want to have a career in the world of music.'” In the fall, Jessica plans on enrolling in the undergraduate program at University of Massachusetts/Amherst Commonwealth College where she will double major in vocal performance and music business or mathematics.

Jenna Lorusso receives Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence

The Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence extends H+H’s support to an outstanding high school soloist alumnus/a who has pursued further musical studies and professional performance with an award of $2,000. The award is named in honor of Handel and Haydn Society Governor Barbara E. Maze, who served on the board from 1993–2009 and was instrumental in creating the Vocal Arts Program (VAP).  For 40 years, she was an assistant dean of student affairs at Boston University where she influenced many students in their pursuit of professional music careers.

Jenna Lorusso graduated from Westminster Choir College of Ryder University this May where she pursued a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. During her tenure at Westminster Choir College, she sang in the chorus for Westminster Opera Theatre’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. This past fall, she covered the role of Madam Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, her first full operatic role. Her senior year capstone project was a lecture-recital on the Spanish influence on French and German song. In the fall, Jenna will continue to pursue voice studies at the graduate level.

Andrew Milne receives Evangelyna Etienne Award

The Evangelyna Etienne Award provides a $500 award to a current or former VAP student age 16-24 who plans to continue vocal training at the college level. The award was created in memory of VAP alumna and two-time scholarship winner Evangelyna Etienne who passed away in September 2011 after battling a terminal illness. Through her commitment and passion for vocal music, Evangelyna displayed a generosity of spirit and an ability to inspire.

Andrew Milne is enrolled in the undergraduate program at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, where he is majoring in music education and choral-vocal studies. Upon his anticipated graduation in 2015, Andrew plans on pursuing a career as a middle school or high school music educator. His graduate study plans include seeking a master’s degree in choral conducting. An Eagle Scout, he spends his summers at Cub Adventure Day Camp in Bolton, Mass., where he is program director. In addition, he will be starting a community chorus in his hometown for anyone who is interested in singing, regardless of age and ability.  “The music program and the people in Westborough have given me so much over the years, and I want to give something back to them all in the best way I know how,” he says.


VAP Soloists Spring Recital and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7.30pm

Williams Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston

Free admission


Auditions for High School Soloists

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10.30am–2pm

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph St., Boston

Arrange auditions online at handelandhaydn.org/education/vap.


Auditions for VAP choruses

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9.30am–1.30pm

Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

Arrange auditions online at handelandhaydn.org/education/vap.

H+H Partners with the 2014 American Guild of Organists Convention

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The June 24 program at St. Paul’s Church, Harvard Square is one of many public events held in conjunction with the biennial national convention.

Concert presents the Handel and Haydn Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus performing works by J.S. Bach and a seldom-heard cantata by C.P.E. Bach.

May 20, 2014 (Boston, MA) —  As it prepares for its upcoming Bicentennial Season, the Handel and Haydn Society continues to step up its community presence with a concert program at this year’s American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention in Boston.

The AGO convention, which will take place from June 23 to 27, will attract organists and other music-lovers from across North America and Europe for performances and worship, networking, and professional development. The H+H concerts on Tuesday, June 24 feature the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus at Cambridge’s historic St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square. The hour-long program of sacred music by J.S. Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will begin at 7:30pm and repeat at 9pm to accommodate conventioneers and the general public.

H+H Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster John Finney will lead the H+H musicians in C.P.E. Bach’s cantata Spiega, Ammonia fortunate (a work that has not likely been performed since 1770), J.S. Bach’s motet Komm, Jesu, komm, and J.S. Bach’s Missa Brevis in G Major. The vocal soloists for the June 24 program will come from the H+H Chorus.



H+H at the AGO 2014 National Convention

Tuesday, June, 24, 2014 at 7.30 and 9pm

St. Paul’s Church | Harvard Square

John Finney, conductor

H+H Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus

C.P.E. Bach: Spiega, Ammonia fortunata, Wq 216

J.S. Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

J.S. Bach: Missa Brevis in G Major, BWV 236



General admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the H+H Box Office at 617 266 3605 or online at tickets.handelandhaydn.org.

The Handel and Haydn Society Branches Out with Concerts across Northeastern Massachusetts

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Ahead of its 200th Season, members of the H+H Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform intimate chamber-sized programs at museum and church venues.

 Performances are Saturday, May 31 at 3pm at the Peabody Essex Museum; Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Concord Museum; and Tuesday, June 3rd at 12.15pm at King’s Chapel in Boston.

May 12, 2014 (Boston, MA) —  Handel and Haydn Society musicians will present three chamber-sized performances to audiences across Northeastern Massachusetts. H+H’s expanded presence stems from strategic initiatives to broaden H+H’s audience as it prepares for its upcoming Bicentennial Season.

The concerts will take place within a span of a few days and showcase the full breadth and talent of H+H’s singers and instrumentalists. Members of the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform a wide range of repertoire, from the choral heights of German Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz to the 19th-century Romantic sounds of Felix Mendelssohn.

The May 31 program H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum coincides with the opening day of the exhibition “Turner & the Sea.” In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea, the Salem museum’s exhibition features iconic works spanning the painter’s career. To celebrate, mezzo-soprano Mary Gerbi and baritone Bradford Gleim join violinist Abigail Karr and fortepianist Ian Watson for songs and music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and British composers working at the same time as J.M.W. Turner.

The next day, members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus perform a concert of early American a cappella songs at the Concord Museum. This specially tailored program connects with the just-opened exhibition “The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775” with music heard during that same time period. Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff will provide introduction and commentary during the concert.

On Tuesday, June 3, H+H returns to historic King’s Chapel for a free lunchtime concert of Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7. Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett will lead the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus in the 35-minute program that takes place at the same location as H+H’s first concert in 1815.


H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3pm

161 Essex Street, Salem; Morse Auditorium

$18 general admission; $15 seniors; $12 students (with valid ID); members free


H+H at the Concord Museum

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2pm

200 Lexington Road, Concord

$20 members; $25 non-members (includes museum admission)


H+H at King’s Chapel

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12.15pm

58 Tremont Street, Boston; free admission