The Choruses

The Harvard Choruses comprises three groups: Harvard Glee Club, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and Radcliffe Choral Society. Together we value ongoing growth for our singers and the choruses at large: as students, through leadership and creativity; as musicians, through dedication to art-making; and as citizens, through community engagement. We seek to embody these values through the student-run nature of our ensembles and our exploration and expansion of choral traditions.

Harvard Glee Club
The Harvard Glee Club is the nation's oldest collegiate chorus and the Tenor and Bass ensemble of the Holden Choruses, showcasing music written in the male choral tradition. The Glee Club performs throughout the year, collaborating with arts groups on campus and at other universities, and across the world through national and international tours, including a 2016 tour to the American Southwest and a 2017 tour to East Asia. The group features its own student-conducted a cappella group, Glee Club Lite. Through excellence in performance, student management, education, community, tradition, and philanthropy, the Glee Club offers a unique musical experience for all members.

Regular Rehearsals: M 4:15-6:30p and W 4:15-6:30p


Radcliffe Choral Society
Founded in 1899, the Radcliffe Choral Society is Harvard's oldest women's organization and one of the country's premier women's choruses. RCS is dedicated to the celebration and performance of women's choral music. The Choral Society sings a wide variety of repertoire including Medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, Romantic masterworks, international folk songs, and contemporary women's choral music. RCS tours annually in the U.S. and abroad and, this year, will be the first American collegiate choir to tour Indonesia. RCS features its own student-led a cappella group, 'Cliffe Notes.

Regular Rehearsals: M 7-9:30p and W 4:15-6:30p


Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
Harvard's nationally acclaimed mixed choir, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum has appeared at multiple national choral conventions and in high-profile events around the world, including a recent tour to Brazil. The ensemble performs a dynamic and innovative repertoire from masterworks by Bach and Mozart to new compositions by renowned composers and works by HRCM members. This season includes Handel's Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society professional period orchestra and a residency with GRAMMY-award winning conductor Craig Hella Johnson. HRCM features its own student-led a cappella group, Collegium Underground.

Regular Rehearsals: T 4:15-6:30p and W 4:15-6:30p

Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus
Founded in 1979, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus is made up of 120 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members. The ensemble presents two major choral-orchestral performances per year exploring a wide range of repertoire spanning the baroque, classical, romantic, 20th century, and present day music. Members represent a variety of music backgrounds and experience levels.

Regular Rehearsals: W 7:00-9:30p in Lowell Lecture Hall

Skills for Singing
Co-curricular course offering training in fundamental skills for singing: ear training, sight-reading and vocal technique. Students will study basic music theory as well as vocal pedagogy, applying this knowledge every week in a masterclass-type format. Students will discover what makes their voice unique and start celebrating their personal artistry through song, culminating in a class recital. Repertoire varies and is dependent on the student, with attention to audition preparation for interested parties. Participation in the course is encouraged for those students looking to audition for one of the Holden Choruses or any new members of the Choruses looking to further their vocal abilities.
Regular Rehearsals: T 7:00-9:00p in Music Building, Room G20