The Vocal Quartet engages students with humor, dialogue, and great music to offer an unforgettable learning experience.

Handel and Haydn Society’s Vocal Quartet programs are an extraordinary take on music education. 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.

The Quartet’s high energy performances encourage students to respond directly to the music, with opportunities to interact with musicians throughout the show.  Each Vocal Quartet program also features a Q&A session that allows artists to speak candidly about their backgrounds, training, and professional careers.

The Heroic Power of Song
Oratorio, Spirituals, and Message Songs

featured show for 2017–18

This singing-centric, interactive program explores the portrayal of heroes and heroism in song, with a focus on an oratorio and on African-American spirituals and message songs.

The heroic freeing by Moses of the enslaved Israelites held captive in Egypt thousands of years ago is recounted in excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. In America, enslaved Africans found hope in singing spirituals and message songs containing secrets hidden in lyrics that helped them escape their terrible conditions. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, known as the “Moses of her people,” used spirituals and message songs in the 1800s as she carried out her mission to free hundreds of enslaved people. In the twentieth century, Roland Hayes, an African-American concert tenor, sang both classical music and spirituals on concert stages in Europe and America, using song to combat racism and to open closed minds.

Students attending this performance will actively participate in singing during the program, personally experiencing the heroic power of singers and their songs.

Booking the Quartet

H+H would love to perform at your school!

Vocal Quartet performances are intended for students in grades 3-8.  These performances are offered at no cost to schools. H+H does ask schools to prepare their students for the performance by incorporating the related curriculum materials and “All Sing songs” into their class time in advance of the Vocal Quartet visit. Performances are generally scheduled in the morning and can be 45-60 minutes. To accommodate school enrollment and grade level schedules, the Quartet is able to perform multiple back-to-back assemblies.

To schedule the Vocal Quartet, contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, at ereed@handelandhaydn.org or 617 262 1815 x117.

Meet the Quartet

Natalie Logan, soprano

Natalie Logan joins the Handel and Haydn Society in the 2017-18 Season as soprano in the Vocal Quartet. Ms. Logan is a singing-actress who crosses over the genres of opera, musical theatre, and 21st century music. She actively bridges the gap between artist and audience member by exploring unconventional repertoire in intimate settings, curating outreach projects in the community, and seeking projects that transcend and connect human values, cultures, and performance art.

This fall, Ms. Logan joined the Metropolitan Chorale as Artist in Residence. Additional 2017-18 Season highlights include performing the role of Mab in The Enchanted Pig with Opera Steamboat in Steamboat Springs, CO, a debut with NewburyPort Choral Society as the soprano soloist in excerpts from Handel Messiah, and a debut with Symphony Nova as the soprano soloist in Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs.

A 2017 Finalist of the MetroWest Opera competition, she was named Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award (opera), 2016-17 and Finalist of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (art song/oratorio), 2016-17. A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. Logan holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and a P.S.C. in Voice Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

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Emily Harmon, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon is equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, having appeared with companies in the Boston area including Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, MetroWest Opera, Lowell House Opera, Opera del West, and the Masterworks Chorale.  She has also performed as a Studio Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest and as a young artist with the Taos Opera Institute and the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy.  Some of her past operatic roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mercédès in Carmen, Dorothée in Cendrillon, and Mother Jeanne in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

In concert, Harmon has performed the alto solos in works including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater.  An avid performer of new music, Harmon has frequently sung as a featured soloist with the Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble and made her Jordan Hall debut singing the world premiere of Kati Agòcs’ Hyacinth Curl with Hub New Music.  Harmon holds both an M.M. and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

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Christian Figueroa, tenor

Puerto Rican singer Christian Figueroa graduated from Syracuse University and received his master’s degree in opera performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Christian has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic skills in performances, ranging from the stage to the recital hall. Christian recently sang the national anthem at Fenway Park, representing the Peace Corps for its 50th anniversary celebration. He performed and recorded the role of Antigonus in the opera A Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which can be heard on the BMOP Sound Record Label. Christian has twice been a guest vocalist at Carnegie Hall for “The Orchestra Rocks” and “The Orchestra Sings” concerts in New York City.

Some of Christian’s operatic roles include Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible, Toby Higgins in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Alphonse in La Vie Parisienne, Vitellozo in Lucrezia Borgia, and Patacha in L’etoile—all performed with Opera Boston. Most recently he sang the role of Sem in Noye’s Fludde and El Señor Alcalde in The Summer King with Portland Ovations.  Christian has been profiled on CNN’s Career Connections and on the People En Español website.  In 2015, El Planeta Newspaper of Boston named Christian as one of the “100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts” power meter list.

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RaShaun Campbell, baritone

Texas baritone RaShaun Campbell has been praised for his commanding stage presence and dark, robust voice. Campbell has performed in several productions with the Fort Worth Opera and is currently on the roster of the Boston Lyric Opera. He is also a frequent collaborator with many ensembles in the Boston metro area.

Campbell’s operatic range encompasses the comic and dramatic: the title roles in Don GiovanniLe Nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore; Olin Blitch in Susannah; Don Inigo Gomez in L’heure espagnole; Peter in Hänsel und Gretel; Don Alfonzo in Cosi fan tutte; and Collantinus inThe Rape of Lucretia.

On the concert stage, Campbell has performed in various oratorios and large choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Stravinsky’s Les noces, Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Peter in Elgar’s The Kingdom.

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Julia Scott Carey, piano

Julia Scott Carey is a graduate of the Harvard–New England Conservatory dual degree program, a current Collaborative Piano doctoral student at Boston University, and an active composer. Her orchestral works have been performed by orchestras including the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and her works have been broadcast on national TV and radio in the United States and in Russia.

She has served as a music director, accompanist, or vocal coach for over 40 opera and musical theater productions. She is a core ensemble member of the Juventas New Music Ensemble and an accompanist for the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, and the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater. She has served as a teacher and music director for the Belvoir Terrace Arts Camp and the Boston Children’s Theatre.

Prepare Your Students

So that your students can fully benefit from this performance of The Heroic Power of Song, H+H asks you to take time to prepare them.

Your students will be invited to join the Vocal Quartet in singing five songs during The Heroic Power of Song. Please prepare them to sing:

(Click on the title of the song to open the sheet music.)

“Fanga Alafia” Nigerian folk song

“Go Down Moses” African-American spiritual

“Follow the Drinking Gourd” African-American spiritual

“Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” African-American spiritual

“This Little Light of Mine” African-American spiritual

Lesson Plans

The sample lesson plans and classroom materials linked below were developed by the H+H Education Planning Team. These are standards-based lessons that draw on the National Standards for Music Education, the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework, and the Massachusetts Core Standards for Literacy. These materials are yours to use, and may also provide you with ideas for additional lessons and learning activities that uniquely align with your school’s curricula and your students.

The Oratorio

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Meet Roland Hayes

Roland Hayes Listening Lesson

The Male Voice

African American Spirituals and Harriet Tubman

Crossword Puzzles (Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8)

 

View the National and State Standards addressed by The Heroic Power of Song.

Education Planning Team

Noreen Burdett
Julie Carroll
Sharon Clark
Allyssa Jones
Stefano Marchese
Sandra Nicolucci
Sabrina Quintana
David Robinson
Vale Southard
Maria Doreste Velázquez

The H+H Education Planning Team is an advisory group of music educators selected for their expertise to help ensure H+H continues to deliver high quality and relevant educational programs to greater Boston students. Members of the team represent the public schools of Boston, Brookline, Lowell, and Lynn.

THE VOCAL QUARTET IS A COMPONENT OF THE KAREN S. AND GEORGE D. LEVY EDUCATION PROGRAM.