Written by Curtis Wu, HGC
On December 27th, the Harvard Glee Club (HGC) will begin its 2016-2017 New Year’s Tour of East Asia with a flight from San Francisco to Taipei. The tour, which comprises stops in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, will be the first extended international tour for the Glee Club in over a decade, and we couldn’t be more excited to travel to countries with such rich choral traditions. The tour team has been diligently working on this tour for the past year and a half, keeping in mind our goals of achieving excellence in performance, promoting rich cultural exchange, and advancing the tradition of choral music. It is our hope that over the course of this tour, the HGC members will share, with each other and with the countries we are visiting, connections and lessons which can only be gained by first-hand experience.
This Fall, the Harvard Choruses introduced their New Music Initiative. Made possible by a generous contribution to support the creation of new music by Harvard students and the exploration of new music on campus by the Harvard Choruses, the Initiative aims both to establish a comprehensive program devoted to nurturing undergraduate composers and to create new works for choral ensembles through commissions, competitions, and residencies. The Initiative seeks to build upon Harvard’s reputation as an international leader in advancing the choral tradition through the creation of new work and as a leading collegiate training program for students interested in choral composition while providing a transformative and essential part of the music program at Harvard. As the Initiative develops, it will include new commissions for the Choruses and workshops, coachings, and performances of student compositions by an annual professional vocal ensemble in residence.
The following article was written by Cherie Hu '17 (Collegium), and appeared on the Office for the Arts at Harvard Arts Blog the day before students from RCS and Collegium performed the ONE MUSIC concert in Sanders Theatre.
In many ways, choral concerts are a bastion of tradition. Standing statically in SATB formation, singers often perform pieces drawn from classical repertoire that for many are inaccessible or unrecognizable, interspersed with brief applause from the audience.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Radcliffe Choral Society will be breaking free from those traditions with ONE MUSIC, the annual fall concert 8:00 pm Friday, November 4 in Sanders Theatre. This marks my first year singing as a member of Collegium, and I could not be more thrilled to engage with such a diverse, experimental program.
Author: Christie Cheng, '17 (Radcliffe Choral Society)
This past June, the Radcliffe Choral Society (RCS) embarked on a groundbreaking tour to Indonesia, traveling to four cities on three different islands. This tour was both the first time RCS had traveled to Southeast Asia since 1967 and the first time any American collegiate chorus had toured Indonesia. One of the main goals of our tour was to learn, grow, and facilitate cultural exchange and understanding with local communities. In doing so, RCS extended beyond their comfort zones to fully embrace and learn from the multi-faceted nature of Indonesian society.