H+H’s commitment to music education goes as far back as Lowell Mason (1792–1872), a 19th-century pioneer in the field and former H+H president. Mason’s legacy continues today with the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, which provides music education to 10,000 students annually, mainly in underserved communities, through the Vocal Arts Program (encompassing five choruses), Collaborative Youth Concerts, Vocal Quartet school visits, and in-school residencies. In addition, H+H provides professional training and master classes to students enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory, and other area colleges.

Collaborative Youth Concerts

Collaborative Youth Concerts bring choirs from Greater Boston area high schools together to perform alongside Handel and Haydn Society musicians in their home communities and Symphony Hall. High school choruses from different districts master challenging repertoire and perform together in concert with H+H’s Associate Conductor and members of its Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus. The concerts are in the students’ own schools for their peers, teachers, families, and community members.

Each year, 300 students share this memorable cultural experience. “It’s never awkward when the different schools come together, even though they are from different backgrounds,” said Catherine Carnabuci, former Music Director of Quincy Public Schools. “Music brings them together.”

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COLLABORATIVE YOUTH CONCERTS ARE A COMPONENT OF THE KAREN S. AND GEORGE D. LEVY EDUCATION PROGRAM.

The Vocal Quartet

The Vocal Quartet comprising H+H professional singers, visits schools with original presentations designed to teach music history in an entertaining, age-appropriate way. Four singers and a pianist entertain and teach young audiences with colorfully dramatic interpretations of music representing various composers and historical eras. These performers engage students with humor, dialogue, and great music to offer an unforgettable learning experience.

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School Partnerships

School Partnerships led by H+H teaching artists bring choral and music education programs to Boston’s public schools.

For more information, please contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, ereed@handelandhaydn.org ​or 617 262 1815 x117.