The Handel and Haydn Society holds vocal auditions for professional singers once a year for substitute positions with our professional chorus.

Vocal auditions are tentatively scheduled for fall of 2016.

Singers are required to submit a recording for the first round of the audition process. This should be an AUDIO CD (Please DO NOT send DVDs or discs only containing MP3s – the disc must be able to be played in a CD player, not just a computer) with two contrasting arias from the Baroque and/or Classical periods, at least one of which must be in English. One of the arias should demonstrate florid passage-work (similar to the sixteenth-note passages in Handel’s “Every Valley Shall be Exalted” or “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion” from Messiah). Recordings of live performances are acceptable, as are recordings made in studios. If the recording includes more than two arias, please indicate which two arias you would like us to consider for the audition. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2016. CDs should be clearly marked with your name, voice type, and a list of works. Discs will not be returned.

After hearing CDs certain selected singers will be invited to audition in person. For those who are invited to the live audition, it will consist of two contrasting Baroque arias, at least one of which should be in English, and sight-reading. You will be notified sometime after October 1 by mail whether or not you have been invited to the live audition.

Please submit your CD along with a resume (which MUST include a current mailing address and your voice type) to:

Jesse Levine, Personnel Manager

Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street

Boston, MA 02116

No instrumental auditions are currently scheduled for this time.


The Handel and Haydn Society announces openings for Soprano and Alto to perform with the Educational Outreach Vocal Quartet for the 2016–2017 season. 

This professional ensemble is a key component of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Program and visits 40+ urban schools in Boston and the metropolitan area, and eastern Massachusetts (ranging from Lawrence to Brockton and Greater Boston), as well as additional shows through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. The H+H Vocal Quartet also performs in venues, such as community centers and public libraries. Quartet members may be offered solo opportunities to sing with the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra at its Collaborative Youth Concerts.