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 2019.

Singers are required to submit a recording for the first round of the audition process. Requirements for your audio submission are two contrasting arias from the Baroque and/or Classical periods, at least one of which must be in English. You may submit either an audio CD or electronic audio files (such as mp3), which may be sent by email or on a disc. You may also send a link to audio files on a website (please do not send a link to your Facebook page, which we may not be able to access). If the page you are linking to has several sound files please specify the ones you would like us to consider for the audition.

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. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2019. If you are mailing a CD it should be clearly marked with your name, voice type, and a list of works. Discs will not be returned.

After hearing the recordings certain selected singers will be invited to audition in person for our Artistic Director, Harry Christophers. 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 in late October whether or not you have been invited to the live audition. Mr. Christophers will determine who will be added to our chorus roster based on the audition.

In addition to your recording please submit a resume by either email or regular mail. Your resume MUST include a current mailing address, telephone number, and your voice type. If you are submitting your resume electronically please send it in PDF format. All materials should be sent to:

Jesse Levine, Personnel Manager
Handel and Haydn Society
9 Harcourt St.
Boston, MA 02116
[email protected]


There are no general instrumental auditions currently scheduled.