H+H Programs for College Students

The Handel and Haydn Society has initiated partnerships with colleges and universities to enhance students’ learning experiences and connections between creative disciplines.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

The Handel and Haydn Society initiated a partnership with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012 in relation to performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion. Through this partnership, H+H and MassArt explore the impact of multidisciplinary learning; demonstrate the ways in which a performing arts organization can engage a cross-section of its community, including students, educators, concertgoers, and the global internet community; and test the public’s conceptions of the arts.

Each season, juniors in the Illustration Department of MassArt create works of original art in response to a masterwork being performed by H+H that year. H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff and an H+H musician work with students to understand the background and composition of the selected work. The students’ works of art are judged by a jury and twelve are selected for display at Symphony Hall during the concert.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

H+H initiated a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 to enhance students’ learning experiences and provide resources for music faculty and performance ensemble directors. H+H musicians:

  • Visit music history classes to give live demonstrations and hold Q&A sessions about period instruments to deepen students’ understanding of the Baroque and Classical repertoire.
  • Coach choral and orchestral ensembles on period performance and style in preparation for concerts.
  • Meet with MIT students and faculty at H+H concert program rehearsals that align with current curricula. MIT students and faculty then attend these concerts with complimentary tickets.

H+H and MIT also co-present lectures, panel discussions and colloquia with MIT faculty from across the institution and H+H artistic leadership and musicians, and H+H performances for the MIT community.

The H+H Youth Choruses are part of the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program.

The Handel and Haydn Society is grateful for generous support provided by New England Conservatory and Boston Latin School.