Handel and Haydn Society
Youth Choruses

H+H offers seven youth choral ensembles to meet the skills and interest level of singers in grades 2-12. All students also have musicianship studies incorporated in their H+H experience.

 

New for the 2019-20 Season!

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. Rehearsals Saturdays, 8:30-9:20am
Nurt Villani, conductor

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. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:30-11:25 am
Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor

Youth Chorale (grades 6-9) is for children 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. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:30-11:50am
Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor

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. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:40am-12:40pm
Dr. Jennifer Kane, conductor

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. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:00am-12:15pm
Dr. Kevin McDonald, conductor

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. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:00am-12:15pm
Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor

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. In 2019-20, the Chamber Choir will perform on H+H’s A Baroque Christmas at NEC’s Jordan Hall, and with the H+H Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Harry Christophers on Bach St. Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall. Rehearsals and musicianship classes Saturdays 9:00am-2:15pm
Alyson Greer Espinosa, conductor

 

Students taking a gap year following high school graduation are encouraged to join our choruses!


Tuition for the H+H Youth Choruses $475for the 2019-2020 season. Reduced tuition is offered for families with multiple HHYC singers and students studying at H+H’s Boston partnership schools. Students at Boston Latin School participate in HHYC at no cost. Full and partial scholarships are offered for students demonstrating financial need.

Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses Performance Highlights
2019-20 Season

Sat, Nov 2
Every Voice
Concert Choir joins the H+H Chorus
First Church in Roxbury

Sun, Nov 3
Every Voice
Concert Choir joins the H+H Chorus
Union United Methodist Church in Boston

Fri, Nov 29 (CSA)
Sun, Dec 1 (TC)
Chorus of Sopranos and Altos and Treble Chorus caroling at H+H’s Handel Messiah
Symphony Hall

Sun, Dec 15
Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses Winter Concert
Boston Latin School

Thur, Dec 19
Sun, Dec 22
Chamber Choir on H+H’s A Baroque Christmas
Jordan Hall at NEC

Fri, Dec 20
Sat, Dec 21
Chorus of Sopranos and Altos performances with the Back Bay Chorale
Old South Church, Boston

Wed, Jan 8
High School Soloists Winter Recital
Williams Hall at NEC

Sun, Mar 8
Brothers, Sing On!
Chorus of Tenors and Basses
Wellesley High School

Fri, April 3
Sun, April 5
Concert Choir and Chamber Choir on H+H’s Bach St. Matthew Passion
Symphony Hall

Sat, May 16
Chorus of Sopranos and Altos, Chorus of Tenors and Basses and Chamber Choir Spring Concert
Boston Latin School

Sun, May 17
New Voices, Treble Chorus, Youth Chorale and Concert Choir Spring Concert
Boston Latin School

Wed, Jun 3
High School Soloists Spring Recital
Williams Hall at NEC