The Harvard Choruses and Office for the Arts at Harvard are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Hana Cai as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Harvard. Dr. Cai assumes this role on July 1, 2024.
"I was immediately impressed with Hana’s credentials, specifically her expertise with treble voices and choirs as well as her experiences and efforts in the DEIB space. Upon meeting Hana, I was drawn in by her ability to make immediate connections, quiet confidence, refined talent, and relationship with the music. The search committee is confident that Hana will be an excellent partner to current leadership and help to propel and enhance an already exceptional program. On behalf of the alums of the Harvard choruses, I enthusiastically welcome Hana and am excited for the future of the Harvard Choral program and my younger brothers and sisters in song as Hana assumes her new role."
Plena - Diana Sáez
Ithaca College Treble Chorale
Dr. Hana Cai, conductor
Sona Minasian, piano
Ellie Shanton, güiro
Brayden Reed, congas
In this newly created position, Dr. Cai will collaborate with Andrew Clark, the Director of Choral Activities, and Olivia Porada, the Administrative Manager for Choral Music, in artistic, pedagogical, and administrative leadership of the Harvard Choral Program.
Dr. Cai will serve as the principal conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society (RCS), lead performance projects of the combined Harvard Choruses and serve as the Director of the Holden Voice Program. She will also share conducting leadership of Collegium and the Harvard Glee Club with Andrew Clark.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Harvard Choruses next year as the Associate Director of Choral Activities alongside my wonderful colleague, Andrew Clark. The Harvard Choruses hold an incredible history in the world of collegiate choral music and I look forward to working with Andrew to honor that history while also envisioning the future with the ensembles"
"As we began this search process, many trusted colleagues and mentors around the country enthusiastically recommended Hana Cai. Having witnessed her superb musicianship, skillful conducting, and first-rate teaching, I could not be more excited to partner with her in leading the Harvard Choral Program. Her integrity, passion, intellect, and varied interests made an immediate impact on our students; Hana will no doubt contribute a great deal to the exciting future trajectory of choral music at Harvard."
Dr. Cai holds a BM in piano performance and a BA in Chinese from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MM in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctorate in choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University and has previously been a faculty member at Ithaca College.
"The Harvard Choruses are extremely excited to welcome Hana Cai as the Associate Director of Choral Activities. We are excited for the many talents, knowledge, and enthusiasm Hana will bring to this position and the Harvard Choruses. During our discussions with Hana, the student search committee was impressed with her poise and passion for vocal pedagogy, making music accessible to all experience levels, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe she will be a wonderful leader for the Harvard Choral community and empower students as singers and leaders in student management. On behalf of the students of the Harvard choruses, we welcome Hana with open arms to the Harvard Chorus community!"