H+H And MassArt Partnership

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.


Bach Easter Oratorio

Haydn The Creation

Handel Messiah

Messiah MassArt Page Tile

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Vivaldi Four Seasons student artwork from MassArt

Handel Hercules

Hercules student artwork from MassArt

Handel Semele

Semele student artwork from MassArt