H+H Youth Choruses

Join the H+H Youth Choruses and connect with a community of passionate musicians who love to sing!

The H+H Youth Choruses inspire and unite young people ages 7-18 through transformative experiences with music in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Singers gather on Saturdays in Brookline to sing choral ensembles, have small group vocal instruction, and participate in weekly musicianship classes

Singers in HHYC collaborate with other youth choral ensembles, perform throughout New England and on tour, and work regularly with professional artists including the H+H Orchestra and Chorus. H+H offers seven youth choral ensembles to meet the skills and interest of every youth artist.

Full season is September - May. Rehearsals and classes take place at United Parish in Brookline.

Tuition is $550 for the year. Families registering more than one singer pay full tuition for one singer and reduced tuition for all addition singers from their household. Tuition for New Voices is $450 for the full year. Full and partial scholarships are offered for families demonstrating financial need.


Young choral students singing

New Voices

New Voices (grades 2-4) is a beginning choral experience for children who show a strong interest in music and a desire to sing. Singers learn how to produce a blended unison sound with healthy tone and how to internalize a steady rhythmic beat and sing rhythm patterns, and are introduced to the choral ensemble setting.

Rehearsal Time
Saturdays at 9:00-10:00am

Nurt Villani, conductor
Leona Cheung, collaborative pianist

"Ich steh an deiner Krippen Hier"

From J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Virtual Concert

Virtual Concert with HHYC's New Voices and TiTi Ta Children's Choir from Popayan, Colombia


Treble Chorus

Treble Chorus (grades 4-6) is an ensemble for students who demonstrate basic music reading skills, rehearsal etiquette, and enthusiasm for singing! Students learn to sing both melody and harmony in two-part music, experience singing in multiple languages, and learn to apply the solfeggio system to repertoire.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays at 9:30-11:25am - Rehearsal + Musicianship Class

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Andrew Milne, assistant conductor
Maria Rivera White, collaborative pianist


Youth Chorale

Youth Chorale (grades 6-9) is for students who have basic music reading skills and can sing in parts. Youth Chorale performed at the dedication of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge on national television with Bruce Springsteen, and has sung for the Democratic National Convention, at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) division conference, and in performances with other area organizations including the Boston Lyric Opera, Brookline Chorus, and Heritage Chorale. Youth Chorale regularly collaborates with children’s choirs and recently sang with the Cape Cod Children’s Chorus and Rhode Island Children’s Chorus.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays at 9:40-11:50am - Rehearsal + Musicianship Class

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Andrew Milne, assistant conductor
Maria Rivera White, collaborative pianist


Concert Choir

Concert Choir (grades 6-9) is for singers who demonstrate the maturity, interest, and musical skills to study and perform advanced level choral music. The ensemble regularly collaborates on performances with the H+H Orchestra and Chorus, including the annual Every Voice concerts directed by Reginald Mobley. Concert Choir was selected to perform for the March 2020 American Choral Directors Association Eastern Conference in Rochester, NY.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays Following Youth Chorale, 12:05-1:00pm - Rehearsal

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Andrew Milne, assistant conductor
Maria Rivera White, collaborative pianist

Circles of motion

by Bob Chilcott. Performed by the HHYC Concert Choir with Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor, and Andrew Mattfeld, piano.

"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"

From H+H's annual Every Voice concert on Nov. 8, 2020. Featuring members of the HHYC Concert Choir


Chorus of Tenors and Basses

Chorus of Tenors and Basses (grades 6-12) provides a rigorous and musically-challenging experience for singers who wish to study and perform repertoire for tenor and bass voices in a collaborative ensemble of music lovers. CTB  sings music from the Baroque and Classical periods, along with spirituals, jazz, folk songs, a cappella, and contemporary choral repertoire. Symphony Hall appearances with the H+H Orchestra and Chorus include Bach St. Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, and festivities for the H+H Bicentennial celebrations. In addition to performances through New England, CTB has toured in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Ireland with the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos. CTB opened the 2021-2022 season with a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under the direction of Marin Alsop for over 10,000 people at the Hatch Shell in Boston.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays at 9:00am-12:15pm - Rehearsal + Musicianship Class

Dr. Kevin McDonald, conductor
Andrew Mattfeld, collaborative pianist
Nathaniel Smith, teaching assistant


Chorus of Sopranos and Altos

Chorus of Sopranos and Altos (grades 9-12) is for singers who are eager to perform challenging and innovative repertoire for treble voices as part of an empowering and joyful community. CSA performs music from the Baroque and Classical periods, along with spirituals, jazz, folk songs, a cappella, and contemporary choral repertoire. The ensemble has sung at Symphony Hall and NEC’s Jordan Hall, most recently in performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion with Harry Christophers and the H+H Orchestra and Chorus. CSA has performed with the Back Bay Chorale, New England Philharmonic Orchestra, the Heritage Chorale, the Metropolitan Chorale, Winsor Music, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and has participated in festivals with the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Wellesley College Choir. In addition to performances throughout New England, CSA has toured in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Ireland with the Chorus of Tenors and Basses. CSA opened the 2021-2022 season with a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under the direction of Marin Alsop for over 10,000 people at the Hatch Shell in Boston.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays at 9:00am-12:15pm - Rehearsal + Musicianship Class

Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor
Dr. Pei-yeh Tsai, collaborative pianist
Dr. Devon Russo, assistant conductor
Annina Hsieh, teaching assistant


Chamber Choir

Handel and Haydn Society Chamber Choir (grades 9-12) is for singers who demonstrate highly advanced singing and musicianship skills and an interest in studying repertoire for small ensemble ranging from Renaissance motets to commissions by living composers. This ensemble performs and studies regularly with the H+H Chorus and artistic leadership. Chamber Choir last appeared on the H+H subscription concert in the 2019 performances of A Baroque Christmas at NEC’s Jordan Hall. All singers in the H+H Chamber Choir also participate in either the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos or the Chorus of Tenors and Basses.

All singers in the H+H Chamber Choir also participate in either the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos or the Chorus of Tenors and Basses.

Rehearsal Times
Saturdays at 1:00-2:30pm - Rehearsal

Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor
Pei-yeh Tsai, collaborative pianist
Nathaniel Smith, teaching assistant

Messiah Aria Project

HHYC Chamber Choir singers perform portions of iconic arias from Handel's Messiah.


High School Soloists

The H+H High School Soloists program is an opportunity for dedicated and curious singers to immerse themselves in vocal study and deepen their understanding of their instrument in both solo and ensemble settings. In addition to singing with an HHYC choral ensemble and participating in an H+H musicianship class, students in the High School Soloists program receive weekly private voice lessons and group diction classes at the New England Conservatory (NEC), participate in vocal workshops, and perform on solo recitals presented by H+H twice a year. The program is designed for singers who intend to continue their music studies beyond high school, many with majors in music in college, university, and conservatory settings. High School Soloists receive full merit scholarships for their participation in HHYC.


Photo by Jonathan Wiggs

Featured In the Boston Globe

On Saturday mornings at Boston Latin School from September through May, the halls echo with the voices of about 200 young singers, the students of Handel and Haydn Society’s Vocal Arts Program. They range in age from 8 to 18 and come from as nearby as surrounding Boston neighborhoods and as far away as Warner, N.H.....



The Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses is 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.

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