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 3, 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 3 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


Auditions for substitute positions with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra will be held on Friday morning, May 5 in Boston.  Auditions are held for PERIOD INSTRUMENTS ONLY. We DO NOT hold auditions for modern instruments. Applicants must have extensive experience performing with period instrument ensembles and must own and be playing on either an antique period instrument or a modern reproduction, and be prepared to perform at either A=415 or A=430, depending on the repertoire chosen.


Audition repertoire:

Violin, Viola, Cello:
One movement from any unaccompanied work by J.S.Bach
One additional piece or movement of a piece from the Baroque or Classical repertoire

Bass, Woodwinds, Brass:
Two contrasting pieces or movements of pieces from the Baroque or Classical repertoire

We do not currently hear auditions on keyboard instruments or percussion.

Auditions are for substitute positions with the orchestra only. If you are placed on the
substitute list as a result of the audition you may or may not be hired based upon the
number of players needed and the number of openings for each individual concert.
Please note that we do not hold auditions for instrumental soloists.

Instrumentalists wishing to be considered for auditions should send a resume to:
Jesse Levine, Personnel Manager

Handel and Haydn Society
9 Harcourt St.
Boston, MA 02116

Applications may also be send by email to

When your resume is received it will be screened by the personnel manager and members of
the audition committee. Approximately one week after the application deadline you will be
contacted by email and informed whether or not your application has been accepted; if you
are accepted you will be given the time and location of your audition. Any questions should
be sent by email to the address above.

Notice of Immediate Opening
Vocal Arts Program Pianist for H+H Singers, Youth Chorus, and Concert Choir

The Handel and Haydn Society announces an immediate opening for a Pianist with the Society’s Singers (ages 8–11), Youth Chorus (ages 10–14), the advanced level Concert Choir (ages 12–14) beginning in September 2016.

H+H Singer, Youth Chorus, and Concert Choirs are three of the six youth choirs of H+H’s Vocal Arts Program, a choral and pre-professional training program for young singers, ages 8–18.   The ensembles rehearse on Saturday mornings at the Boston Latin School during the school year, from September through May.  This position may also be considered for additional work within the Educational Outreach Program.

To learn more about H+H’s Vocal Arts Program, visit


  • Experience playing a variety of styles of music (especially classical)
  • Experience as a collaborative pianist, particularly with youth choral ensembles
  • Fluent sight reader and score reader
  • Excellent musicianship and stage presence
  • Ability to lead section rehearsals and work effectively with children with unchanged and changing voices (ages 8–14)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm for working with children, ages 8–14.
  • Be regularly available from 9.15am–12.45pm on Saturdays during the school year September through May, as well as for various performances as assigned


  • Auditions will be scheduled by appointment.
  • Audition requirements:
  • Perform a 3–4 minute solo selection of your choice (demonstrating technical facility and musicianship)
  • Sight reading
  • Personal interview

Compensation:   Hourly rate commensurate with background and experience

Applications (including cover letter and résumé) must be submitted online.   Apply here: VOCAL ARTS PROGRAM PIANIST   
Application deadline:  All materials must be received by Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Auditions will be scheduled on Saturday, August 27, 2016

For additional information, contact:
Bill Pappazisis, Assistant Director, Education
617 262 1815

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston.  Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.