Alumni of the Harvard Glee Club continue to participate in choral music well beyond their collegiate years. HGC alumni sing in church and temple choirs, community choruses, and many of the country’s finest amateur and professional choral ensembles. The Harvard Glee Club Foundation is proud to support our alumni in their choral music endeavors and provides this space to promote the choruses that are fortunate enough to count HGC alumni among their members.
Choruses with HGC alumni members may submit concert announcements, audition notices, or general information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the geographic location from which your chorus draws its members and audiences as well as a link to your website.
Boston Cecilia – Now in its 139th season, this critically acclaimed group of select musicians performs a broad repertoire of choral works that have historical sensitivity as a guiding principle. Cecilia has long held a central place in the performing arts in this city and continues a rich tradition of groundbreaking period instrument productions as well as modern masterpieces through four to five concerts a year. In the 2014-15 season, the group will perform music by Dvorak, Janacek, Mahler, and Bernstein in the fall, English carols in December, and an all-German program in the spring under the baton of Music Director Nicholas White. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00. For more information and for scheduling auditions visit: http://www.bostoncecilia.org/get-involved/auditions/
Cantata Singers – Cantata Singers inspires, engages, and challenges listeners through daring juxtapositions of music old and new, compelling programming, and exceptional artistry. In Jordan Hall and at concerts in some of greater Boston’s most interesting venues, Cantata Singers explores the meaning and magnificence of music for the voice in a way that creates joy and connection. Through depth of programming, beauty of execution, and commitment to education, Cantata Singers enriches the human spirit and exhibits the positive power of music in our world. For more information, visit The Cantata Singers website at: www.cantatasingers.org.
Concord Chorus – Founded in 1946, the 80-voice Concord Chorus performs two concerts of choral-orchestral and smaller works each season. This winter, the Chorus will present sacred and secular works of Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Randall Thompson. In the spring, the Chorus will perform Beethoven’s majestic Mass in C and Haydn’s elegant and rarely-heard Salve Regina in E. Under the leadership of Music Director, Kevin Leong, the Concord Chorus invites you to share in a musical experience that will be fun and fulfilling. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:30-10pm and begin September 10, 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.concordchorus.org.
Coro Allegro – Under the direction of Artistic Director David Hodgkins, Coro Allegro is Boston’s award-winning classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the LGBT community, seeking to affirm, strengthen, and enrich the lives of its members and the broader community through the presentation of outstanding performances of choral music. Coro Allegro rehearses most Sunday evenings from September through May from 6pm to 9pm in Bates Hall at Church of the Covenant, located at 67 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. To make an appointment for an audition, email email@example.com or call our general manager at (617) 236-4011. For more information about our group, or about the audition process, please visit our website at www.coroallegro.org.
Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus – Founded in 1979, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus (HRC) comprises approximately 180 student, faculty, staff, and community singers and performs two concerts of major choral-orchestral works each season in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. This winter, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus will perform Johannes Brahms’s sacred Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem, op. 45). In the spring, the Chorus will present Carl Orff’s modern classic, Carmina Burana. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings (both semesters) from 7 to 9:45 pm in Lowell Lecture Hall at Harvard University and begin in mid-September. For more information, visit: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hrc.
Jameson Singers – The Jameson Singers is a mixed choral ensemble formed in the fall of 2010, by Jameson Marvin, former Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University (1978-2010). This 60-voice choir comprises amateur singer-musicians, many of whom are Dr. Marvin’s former students. The Jameson Singers is open by audition to Boston area singers who have choral/vocal experience and quick musicianship. We offer two concerts per year, spanning choral literature from the 15th through the 21st centuries, sacred and secular, a cappella and choral-orchestral. For more information, visit: www.jamesonsingers.org.
Master Singers of Lexington – The Master Singers of Lexington is an outstanding 30-voice chamber chorus that provides an exceptional musical experience in a suburban location minutes from Routes 2, 3 and 128. Under the leadership of Adam Grossman, the ensemble is noted for inventive programming and compelling performances. Dedicated singers from communities throughout Greater Boston enjoy singing with this wonderful ensemble. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights, 7:30-10:00, at First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, on the Battle Green in Lexington Center, which is handicapped accessible and offers ample free parking. Auditions for interested singers will include vocalizing, performing a prepared piece, and sight reading. For an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sue at (781) 863-8245 before 10 pm. For more information, visit: www.themastersingers.org.
Musica Sacra – Musica Sacra has sung in Cambridge for over 50 years, more than 30 of them under the direction of conductor Mary Beekman, who is known in the Boston area for her inspired programming. We sing a diverse selection of both sacred and secular music, ranging from the 15th-century Flemish to the newly-composed, with everything in between. We work to adapt our sound to the spirit of each piece being sung and are looking for singers who are able to do the same. The music Mary selects can be challenging; the group often sings a cappella works with adventurous voicings and harmonies, and always in the original languages of the compositions. We perform in mixed formation, and occasionally numerous divisi require a singer to be alone or with one other on a part. The result is a sound that is distinctive (recently called “jaw-droppingly good” in the Boston Musical Intelligencer), with programs that are extremely rewarding for our singers and audiences alike! Go to www.musicasacra.org for further info and to schedule an audition.
Vocal Revolution – Vocal Revolution sings classic barbershop, leading edge not so classic barbershop and a smattering of other a cappella styles with an emphasis on performing each with the highest levels of craft, musicality and emotion. We do so with a dual emphasis on high quality and fun and with an overriding sense of brotherhood and teamwork in service of producing awesome music together. We’d love to sing with you. We’d love to perform for you. We are based in the Boston area and have singers from all over the metro area. Visit us at http://vocalrevolution.org/!
New York City
The Choral Society of Grace Church in New York – The Choral Society of Grace Church is a 150-voice ensemble of experienced professional and avocational singers located in Lower Manhattan. Members of this non-sectarian, independent community chorus come from a diverse array of backgrounds. From recent graduates of major collegiate choruses – including many Holden choir alums – to those who are returning to singing after a hiatus, from professional choral singers to experienced instrumentalists who are new to choral singing, and from music educators to arts management professionals, we share a common goal of making great music in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. The once-weekly (Tuesday night) rehearsal schedule is designed to accommodate busy careers and family lives. Music Director John Maclay is entering his 14th season conducting the group, and is a former Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club. For more information, please visit: www.thechoralsociety.org
Florilegium – Singing a varied repertoire since 1975, we are a mixed choir of about 30 experienced choral singers, of all adult ages, now performing under the leadership of Ronnie Oliver, Jr., second to Kent Tritle in the Choral Conducting program at the Manhattan School of Music. We rehearse 7-9:30 Monday evenings on New York’s Upper West Side for three yearly concerts — mid-November, early March, and early June. Typically the choir convenes eleven rehearsals for each concert, with resulting breaks in November-December and March. Get a better idea of us and what we have been singing at: http://florilegiumchamberchoir.org, and of Ronnie at http://www.msmnyc.edu/FacultyProfile/FID/1000010105.
New Amsterdam Singers – New Amsterdam Singers is an amateur chorus of 70+ skilled singers whose performances in New York City and abroad have won critical acclaim. Our mission is to inspire and educate our listeners and ourselves by performing a diverse and extended repertoire combining traditional choral gems with new and lesser-known works, many of them a cappella. We rehearse at Broadway Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and perform three subscription concerts per year in and around New York City under the direction of Clara Longstreth. For more information, visit: www.nasingers.org
Eastern New York/Western Massachusetts
Broad Street Chorale/Concerts in the Village (Kinderhook, NY) – The Broad Street Chorale is an SATB ensemble of about 40 singers mostly drawn from the upper Hudson Valley Region, with experienced guest singers from as far as Boston, New Haven and New York, including H-R choral alumni/ae. David Smith ’69 is its founder and conductor, as well as the Music Director of Concerts in the Village. During his years in Cambridge David was Accompanist and Assistant Conductor of HGC, the second Conductor of the (original) Harvard Radcliffe Chorus, Assistant Conductor of HRCM, Music Tutor in Adams House, etc. His wife Linden (Vicki) ’71 (Tompkins) is a soprano soloist, and former member of HRCM, RCS, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
The historic village of Kinderhook, NY is located in the beautiful upper Hudson Valley, very near the Berkshires, about two and a half hours from Boston and New York City, and 25 minutes from Albany, NY. For any experienced choral singer wishing to participate our concerts, you will be most welcome in Kinderhook. Accommodations can be provided. For those “ringing in,” on Friday evening there will be special preparation, with the dress rehearsal following on Saturday morning. Well in advance of the weekend, scores will be available for personal preparation. Music selected is always of the best quality, while at the same time “accessible.”
CONTACT: David Smith, 34 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106.
518-758-6869 (home), 518-758-6905 (office), 518-944-6847 (cell).
The Choral Arts Society of Washington – The Choral Arts Society of Washington is one of the major choral organizations in the United States. Under the direction of its new Artistic Director, Scott Tucker, Choral Arts presents its symphonic chorus of over 180 professional-caliber volunteer singers in an annual season subscription series at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other DC-area venues. The chorus has performed with leading symphony orchestras, sung under the world’s most distinguished conductors, produced 17 acclaimed recordings, toured nationally and internationally, and participated in numerous special events both live and televised. Choral Arts has an impressive history of commissioning and performing new works, as well as presenting area and world premieres of outstanding contemporary music. For more information, visit: www.choralarts.org.
Washington Cathedral Choral Society – The Cathedral Choral Society is the resident symphonic chorus of Washington National Cathedral. The 130-voice chorus is the oldest choral group in Washington, having been founded in 1941 by Paul Callaway who served as music director until 1984. Since 1985, J. Reilly Lewis has conducted the Society in musical masterpieces from plainsong to the classics to contemporary works. Since its founding, the Cathedral Choral Society has presented numerous world premieres, many of them commissioned by the Society, and has maintained a tradition of showcasing both promising young soloists and internationally known artists. In addition to concerts at Washington National Cathedral, the chorus has performed in venues around the city and on nationwide radio and television. In recent years, the Choral Society has appeared numerous times at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Ballet in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, in performances sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society, and with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). The group appeared in the NSO’s 1998 Beethoven Festival under the baton of Robert Shaw and has performed Beethoven’s Ninth with the orchestra under both Leonard Slatkin and Asher Fisch. The Choral Society and the NSO have also collaborated on several NSO in Your Neighborhood concerts, as well as at Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center in performances of the Verdi Requiem, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Handel’s Messiah, and works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The chorus regularly participates in the Washington National Cathedral Summer Festival and sang at the Cathedral’s Service of Remembrance on September 11, 2002. In addition to its subscription concert series, the Choral Society sponsors educational and community events, including a Partner Schools Program, pre-concert discussions and Cathedral Sings!
Baltimore Choral Arts Society – The Baltimore Choral Arts Society is one of Maryland’s premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Full Chorus, Orchestra, and Chamber Chorus perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, and in Europe. Auditions for the Chorus take place in early September. If you are interested in registering to audition for the fall season, please call (410) 523-7070, ext 203. For more information, visit: www.baltimorechoralarts.org.
Chicago Young Professional Men’s Chorus – Christopher Walsh, a recent graduate of the Miami University Men’s Glee Club currently pursuing a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL is seeking Harvard Glee Club alumni in the Greater Chicago area interested in forming a new male choral ensemble. He recently emailed the Foundation, “I am new to the Chicago area and was surprised to find that there are very few outlets for singing past the collegiate level. I am hoping that there are a number of alumni of university male choruses who, like me, want to continue the excitement of singing in a high-level ensemble with a great social component.” He has recently begun work on starting a new ensemble in the Chicago area to be known as the “Chicago Young Professionals Men’s Chorus,” the mission of which will focus on musical excellence, professional networking, and outstanding brotherhood and camaraderie. HGC alumni in the Greater Chicago area are invited to become a part of this new ensemble which targets graduates of collegiate choral programs. For more information, send an email introducing yourself to email@example.com.
Fort Collins, CO
Laudamus Chamber Choir – Directed by former HGC President, Miles Canaday ’10, the Laudamus Chamber Chorale is an auditioned, amateur choir of 35 voices made up of talented singers from the northern Colorado area. This is our sixteenth season of bringing high quality choral music to the front range of Colorado. We sing chamber music with instrumentalists, as well as a wide variety of choral music from all historical periods, accompanied and unaccompanied. We invite you to come audition! Please contact Miles Canaday (firstname.lastname@example.org), or come hear us and experience a variety of beautiful choral music sung with “Spirit, Passion, and Joy” by the fine singers of Laudamus. For more information, visit: http://laudamus.org/
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Men’s Camerata – Founded in 1999, the Santa Fe Men’s Camerata performs men’s music from 8 centuries, and has included alumni from both the Harvard and Yale Glee Clubs. We meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Santa Fe at the United Church, the group varies from 16-35 members, and our long time director was Kenneth Knight graduate director of the Whiffenpoofs. We have sung at dozens of venues and have backed up Judy Collins, the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, performed for many years at the annual Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Mexico Holiday reception, have shared concerts with various women’s groups, and our current director is Karen Marrolli. Harvard Glee Club alumni have included, among others, Peter Ives (Class of 1976) and current SFMC President Christopher Fletcher (Class of 1973). Contact Dr. Fletcher at 505-989-9144 or DocFrodo@earthlink.net. We look forward to adding local alumni to the group, auditions are minimal, and, of course, we always need more tenors.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Chorus – One of America’s most distinguished choruses, the 150-member San Francisco Symphony Chorus is prized for its precision, power and versatility. It’s equally adept singing the great works of Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky, and the music of John Adams. Each spring, the San Francisco Symphony recruits exceptional singers, both paid and volunteer, to fill any open positions within the Chorus. The San Francisco Symphony Chorus typically performs between 25 and 30 concerts each season in addition to regular rehearsals in Davies Symphony Hall throughout the year. It requires a significant commitment of time, resources, and energy, but the return is deeply rewarding — performing in front of a live audience with the San Francisco Symphony and some of the finest conductors and guest artists in the world! Auditions are held each May and June by appointment only. For more information, visit: http://www.sfsymphony.org/About-Us/Musicians-Conductors/SFS-Chorus.aspx.
San Francisco Choral Society – Established in 1989, San Francisco Choral Society is dedicated to the performance of beautiful, inspiring choral music. To date, we have shared our joy and enthusiasm for choral music with more than 60,000 concertgoers. Our auditioned chorus has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished choruses in the Bay Area. San Francisco Choral Society has presented great choral classics, with professional orchestras and soloists, to packed houses at venues throughout San Francisco, including regular performances at Davies Symphony Hall. We have performed the Brahms, Mozart, Durufle, and Verdi Requiems and Britten’s War Requiem, the Bach B-minor, Mozart C-minor, Haydn Lord Nelson, Bruckner and Stravinsky Masses, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Monteverdi’s and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and, most recently, Orff’s Carmina Burana. We have also performed contemporary works by Lauridsen, Part and Mechem, as well as new and commissioned works. SFCS’s next concert on November 17 and 18, 2012 includes Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major and Brahms’s Schicksalslied. Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at Lakeside. For further information, contact Matt Hobbs B1 ’68 at email@example.com or visit: www.sfchoral.org.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – Music is and always has been an integral part of the worship and spiritual life of St. Mark’s. In addition to the choirs, instrumentalists and soloists are invited to perform throughout the year. New participants in any of the music ministries are welcome at any time and should contact George Anton Emblom, Director of Music, at (510) 845-0888 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit: www.stmarksberkeley.org/music.html
The San Jose Choral Project – Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Daniel Hughes, The Choral Project has developed an outstanding reputation for performing high-level choral literature and bridging the gap between text and music, singer and spectator. The 50-voice ensemble has performed throughout the world to rave reviews and standing ovations, including performances for the American Choral Directors Association, the California Music Educators Association, the National Association of Composers of the USA, and on tours in Europe and Central America. The current assistant conductor is Patrick Hosfield ’05. For more information, visit www.sjcp.org.
Greater Los Angeles, CA
Los Robles Master Chorale – Los Robles Master Chorale is a 100-voice community choral ensemble serving Ventura and western Los Angeles counties. Throughout its 34-year history, the organization has routinely presented works of the standard repertoire as well as contemporary choral works, world and west coast premieres. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lesley Leighton since 2008, the choir has expanded not only its vision and personnel, but also its audience base and board membership. LRMC works continuously to expand its horizons in both the repertoire it performs and the contribution it makes to the rich choral traditions of the southern California region. For more information, visit: www.losroblesmasterchorale.org
Pasadena Master Chorale – Founded in 2009 by HGC alumnus Jeffrey Bernstein, the Pasadena Master Chorale is one of Pasadena’s newest and most vibrant arts organizations. An amateur choir with professional standards, PMC presents well-loved and affordable concerts of the highest quality to the greater Pasadena community. From a first season of 3 concerts in 2008-2009, PMC has grown rapidly, presenting 11 performances of 7 programs in its third season (2010-2011). For more information, visit: www.pasadenamasterchorale.org
Portland Symphonic Choir – Portland’s Choir since 1945, we are Oregon’s oldest and largest independent choral organization. Under the talented direction of Dr. Steven Zopfi, this 130-voice blend of volunteer and paid singers is well known for the beautiful, powerful sound we produce as we sing the great choral masterworks, both old and new. Our goal is to share the beauty and relevance of each work with you, our audience—both in concerts and in professionally recorded CDs. We work to make these artistic treasures accessible, so that everyone in the community—old, young, and everyone in between—can enjoy the music as much as we do. We regularly perform with the Oregon Symphony. For more information, visit www.pschoir.org.
Seattle Pro Musica – Seattle Pro Musica consists of 70 talented singers with diverse backgrounds and a shared passion for beautiful and precise expressions of classical music, performing under the direction of award-winning conductor and artistic director, Karen P. Thomas. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces grant and the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, Seattle Pro Musica has garnered international recognition and praise for its compelling recordings and innovative performances. Named ‘among America’s very best choirs’ by American Record Guide, Seattle Pro Musica celebrates 40 years of extraordinary music making in our 2012-13 season. For more information, visit: seattlepromusica.org.