H+H Youth Choruses

Chorus of Tenors + Basses

"The teachers are amazing and they balance fun with learning very well." — HHYC Singer

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, festivities for the H+H Bicentennial celebrations, and Martini Domine Ad Adjuvandum Me. In addition to performances throughout New England, CTB has toured in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Ireland with the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos. CTB opened the 2021-22 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. This spring, the ensemble collaborates with Blue Heron Renaissance Choir and will give a performance of Duruflé's Requiem with musicians from Boston University.

Rehearsals for the Chorus of Tenors + Basses are on Saturdays at 9:00am-12:15pm. All CTB singers have a weekly ensemble rehearsal and musicianship class. Four levels of musicianship classes are offered for CTB singers. The HHYC season lasts from September to May. Rehearsals and classes take place at United Parish in Brookline.

Dr. Kevin McDonald, conductor
Andrew Mattfeld, collaborative pianist
Kristjon Imperio, teaching assistant

Tuition is $580 for the full year or $290 per semester. Full and partial scholarships are offered for families demonstrating financial need. Families registering more than one singer pay full tuition for one singer and reduced tuition for all additional singers from their household.

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Dr. Kevin McDonald

Dr. Kevin J. McDonald brings 24 years of teaching experience and a broad and diverse musical background to his position as the Conductor of the H+H Young Men’s Chorus. Currently, McDonald is in his 14th year as Director of Choral Activities at Wellesley High School, where he instructs 320 students in choral music in five curricular choral ensembles. Under his direction, ensembles consistently earn gold ratings at state choral festivals and have performed in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association gold medal showcase Stars at Symphony Hall and the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators gold medal Showcase at the Boston Hatch Shell. McDonald is an active guest conductor and has conducted honor choirs throughout New England and Idaho. 2017-2018 conducting appointments include The Western European Honor Choir in Düsseldorf, Germany and the New Hampshire All State Jazz Choir. McDonald frequently presents sessions at state and regional conferences on topics such as Y Sing: Recruitment and Retention of Men in the Choral Program, American Song: How Jazz Choir Can Enhance the School Choral Program, and Using Descriptive Terminology in the Choral Rehearsal. McDonald is the Director of Youth Music at the Wellesley Congregational Church, where he conducts over 60 singers in the Youth Choirs and leads the Village Brass Ensemble. Dr. McDonald is a recipient of the NAfME Professional Achievement Award for dedication to music education and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce teaching excellence Award. He received his B.M. in music education from the University of New Hampshire, M.M. in Low Brass Performance from the University of Idaho, and his DMA in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.


Collaborative Pianist

Kristjon Imperio

Boston-born Kristjon Imperio is an active organ recitalist and collaborative pianist in the Northeast. He is thrilled to join the HHYC faculty in 2024 as collaborative pianist for the Chorus of Tenors and Basses.

Imperio is heralded as a pianist with extensive artistic range, having performed major concerti of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms with orchestras throughout the United States. He has also served as a festival piano, choral, and chamber ensemble clinician at schools and universities throughout New England.

An experienced administrator and music director, Imperio founded Bolton Philharmonic Society, Inc. in 2008 and served as artistic director of the organization’s four community choral and instrumental ensembles until his retirement in 2016. During his eight years with the Philharmonic, he directed over thirty performances of major works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Dvorak, Vierne, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, Hindemith, Barber, and Rutter.

Imperio is full-time as Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester and serves as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Wellesley Village Church. He is also on the executive committee of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is board president of the Organ Festival of Worcester.

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Teaching Assistant

Nathaniel Smith

This is Nathaniel Smith's fourth season on the HHYC faculty. When he is not at HHYC, he works as a music educator in the Arlington Public schools teaching general music and choir at Ottoson Middle School. Mr. Smith describes having been "into music" since the fourth grade. He sang with the HHYC Chorus of Tenors + Basses in high school and was also a High School Soloist. In his words:

"HHYC really opened the door for me when I was auditioning for college. It allowed me to blossom into the singer and educator I am today. In my high school, I joined every group at my school for singing. I then moved on to study music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am so excited to work with new youth and it has been a blast working alongside my mentors on the faculty of HHYC."