Join the H+H Youth Choruses

We would love to welcome you into the H+H community of singers! Audition today!


Chorus Auditions

Thank you for your interest in singing with the H+H Youth Choruses! We are welcoming new singers into all ensembles throughout the 2020-2021 season! We invite you to prepare an audition, which gives our conductors the chance to get to know you and your individual instrument and make a recommendation for the ensemble that will be the best fit for you.

To audition, please complete this form and submit a video or audio recording of the first verse of “America” (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) to hhyc@handelandhaydn.org with your name as the subject line. If you would prefer to sing an in-person audition for one of our conductors, we are glad to schedule an audition for you on Zoom until we are able to host in-person auditions again.

Students who are also interested in singing with the Concert Choir or Chamber Choir should refer to the additional audition requirements for these ensembles.

Your acceptance into an H+H ensemble is based on your maturity, age, musicianship, and schedule availability. H+H Youth Choruses are comprised of students ages 7-18. No prior musical training is required and there is no cost to audition. Applicants are notified of the results of their audition within two weeks.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Penny Ouellette, Manager of Education and Community Engagement, at penny@handelandhaydn.org or 617.262.1815.


About the Audition

How to create a great audition recording

  1. Take time to learn “America” (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) so you can feel at ease and confident while you sing. The sheet music is available here and you can practice with the videos made by HHYC singers Aidan, Bryana, and KeeSeok.
  2. You might choose to record while listening to one of the video practice tracks or one of our audio-only tracks. If you listen to a track while recording, please have the recorded audio playing in headphones so we only hear your voice on your submission.
  3. Find a quiet space to record that is free from distractions. If you will be doing a video audition, check your lighting to be sure we can see you and be sure your camera is placed so it records your full face.
  4. Sing out with a full, supported sound, and be expressive!
  5. Check your recording before submission to make sure the sound is clear, and there is no distortion.

Follow these steps and then submit your recording to hhyc@handelandhaydn.org with your name as the subject line. We can’t wait to hear you and would love to welcome you into the H+H community of singers!

Sing with Aidan

Sing with KeeSeok

Sing with Bryana


Concert Choir Auditions

Singers with treble voices in grades 6-9 are invited to audition for the Concert Choir. No prior experience in HHYC is required. To audition for the Concert Choir:

  1. Complete the HHYC audition form.
  2. Submit a video or audio recording of “America” as detailed above.
  3. Submit a teacher recommendation. You will receive a confirmation from H+H when your recommendation has been received.
  4. Sing a Zoom audition with the conductor of the ensemble, Dr. Jennifer Kane. Upon completing the HHYC audition form, you’ll receive communication from a member of the HHYC faculty about scheduling your audition. In your audition, you'll do some vocal exercises and sight-singing and be asked to perform an unaccompanied prepared piece. Your solo selection can be anything that you love to sing - a few verses of a folk song, hymn, or favorite piece of choral music would all work well. If you'd like to learn something new, we recommend "O Music" by Lowell Mason (an early president of H+H!) You can find the sheet music here and a recording below.

Chamber Choir Auditions

Singers in grades 9-12 or taking a gap year are invited to audition for the Chamber Choir. No prior experience in HHYC is required. To audition for the Chamber Choir:

  1. Complete the HHYC audition form.
  2. Submit a video or audio recording of “America” as detailed above.
  3. Submit a video recording of an art song of your choosing. Please select a song that best represents your abilities and talent as a vocalist. This should be performed with accompaniment or an accompaniment track. If you need an idea for a piece to sing, consult this list.
  4. Submit a video or audio recording of you singing a major scale a cappella on solfa, a neutral syllable, or with numbers and the vocal warm-ups demonstrated in the audio file below.
    Using headphones, play this audio file in your earpiece while you record yourself performing the warm-ups.
  5. Submit a teacher recommendation. You will receive a confirmation from H+H when your recommendation has been received.

High School Soloists

Singers in grades 9-12 are invited to audition for High School Soloists. No prior experience in HHYC or with private vocal instruction is required. The audition period for the 2020-21 Season has passed. Application materials for the 2021-22 Season will be available in March 2021.


Questions? Contact Penny Ouellette, Manager of Education and Community Engagement, at penny@handelandhaydn.org or 617.262.1815.
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