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Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Arts Program

It was in my lessons at NEC Preparatory School where I fell in love with composers like Bellini and Faure, and thought to myself, ‘This is it. I want to have a career in the world of music.
Jessica ToupinSoprano from Dracut, Mass.

Working with K–12 school children, the program provides students with the intensive preparatory music instruction and academic guidance necessary to audition and apply to college successfully.

Through private instruction and classes, and numerous performing opportunities, students gain an inside view of the music field by attending performances and interacting with professional musicians. The Vocal Arts Program is a collaboration between H+H, NEC, and Boston Latin School and comprises five youth choruses.

Auditions are generally held in January and late spring. Please call the Associate Director of Education Bill Pappazisis at 617-262-1815, or send him an e-mail.

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. It will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015 with a series of special concerts and initiatives to honor 200 years of music making. Its Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus are internationally recognized in the field of Historically Informed Performance, using the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H+H’s mission is to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus present live and recorded historically informed performances of this repertoire in ways that stimulate the musical and cultural development of our Greater Boston community and contemporary audiences across the nation and beyond.