H+H’s commitment to music education goes as far back as Lowell Mason (1792–1872), a 19th-century pioneer in the field and former H+H president. Mason’s legacy continues today with the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, which provides music education to 10,000 students annually, mainly in underserved communities, through the Vocal Apprenticeship Program (encompassing five choruses), Collaborative Youth Concerts, Vocal Quartet school visits, and in-school residencies. In addition, H+H provides professional training and master classes to students enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory, and other area colleges.
The Vocal Quartet, comprising H+H professional singers, visits schools with original presentations designed to teach music history in an entertaining, age-appropriate way.
Collaborative Youth Concerts bring choirs from Greater Boston area high schools together to perform alongside Handel and Haydn Society musicians in their home communities and Symphony Hall.
School Partnerships led by H+H teaching artists bring choral and music education programs to Boston’s public schools.