H+H Youth Choruses

Join the H+H Youth Choruses this fall 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 (grades 2-12 or taking a gap year) through transformational experiences with music in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Students gather virtually on Saturday mornings to sing in choral ensembles, have small group vocal instruction, and participate in weekly musicianship classes. 

Our innovative online model includes collaborations with other youth choral ensembles, virtual choir performances, working with H+H professional musicians, and learning from fantastic guest artists and scholars. H+H offers seven youth choral ensembles to meet the skills and interest of every young artist. 

Fall Section 2: Saturday, October 31 - Saturday, December 19 (no HHYC November 28)
Full Season: Saturdays, September - May

Tuition is $175 per section, or $500 for the full season. Families registering more than one singer pay full tuition for one student and reduced tuition for all additional students. Tuition for New Voices is $125 per section, or $400 for the full season. Singers in Concert Choir can also register for Youth Chorale at the cost of $100 per section. Students at Boston Latin School participate in HHYC at no cost. Full and partial scholarships are offered for students demonstrating financial need.

We look forward to making music this fall and sharing the inspiration of the H+H Youth Choruses in a time when we need joy and connection more than ever.


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.

Singers are placed in small groups for instruction when rehearsals are online. These small groups meet for 30 minutes on Saturday mornings between 9:00-11:00am.

Nurt Villani, conductor

Listen to New Voices

H+H's newest chorus in our Youth Choruses presents a performance, from their homes, of "Salibonani" a traditional song in the Ndebele language of Africa.

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.

Singers participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal, small group voice class, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 9:50-11:40am

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Marisa Tully, assistant conductor

"What Music Means to Me"

Featuring members of the HHYC Treble Chorus


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.

Singers participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal, small group voice class, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 9:15-11:15am

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Marisa Tully, assistant conductor


Concert Choir

Concert Choir (grades 6-9) is for Youth Chorale students 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; 2019-20 season highlights include H+H’s annual Every Voice concerts and performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Harry Christophers. Concert Choir was selected to perform for the March 2020 American Choral Directors Association Eastern Conference in Rochester, NY.

Singers participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal, small group sectional rehearsal, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 10:35am-12:45pm

Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor
Marisa Tully, assistant conductor

Zanaida Stewart Robles' "KUUMBA"

Featuring members of the HHYC Concert Choir

"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.

Singers participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal, small group sectional rehearsal, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 9:00am-12:30pm

Dr. Kevin McDonald, conductor


Chorus of Sopranos and Altos

Chorus of Sopranos and Altos (grades 9-12) is for singers who have achieved a high level of musicianship and are eager to perform challenging and innovative repertoire for treble voices. 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 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. This season includes CSA’s premiere with the Back Bay Chorale. 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.

Singers participate in a weekly ensemble rehearsal, small group sectional rehearsal, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 9:00am-12:30pm

Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor


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 Director Harry Christophers. Last season, the Chamber Choir performed on H+H’s 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.

Singers participate in weekly ensemble rehearsals, small group sectional rehearsals, and musicianship class on Saturdays, 9:00am-2:30pm

Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor

Thomas Morley's "April is in my mistress' face"

Featuring the H+H Youth Choruses Chamber Choir

Palestrina's "Sicut Cervus"

Featuring the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses Chamber Choir


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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