The Northeastern University Choral Soci­ety fos­ters aes­thetic and edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ences through the rehearsal and per­for­mance of choral music, and pro­motes har­mo­nious social inter­ac­tion among mem­bers of the North­east­ern community. Mem­bers of the Choral Soci­ety come from all back­grounds and majors, and any inter­ested mem­ber of the NU com­mu­nity (student, faculty, staff) is eli­gi­ble to join. Chorus is an extracur­ric­u­lar activ­ity for many, but can also be taken as a free 1-credit elec­tive by reg­is­ter­ing for MUS U904. Rehearsals are held gen­er­ally on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Fenway Center. The Chamber Singers is a smaller, balanced ensemble that rehearses on Wednes­day from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. We generally rehearse and perform in the Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street (corner of Gainsborough), Boston.

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AUDITIONS for Concert Chorus are held after and during rehearsals for the first few weeks of the semester, or by appointment. To audition successfully, a singer will display

  • good vocal quality (you’ll sing some scales for us),
  • a good sense of pitch (you’ll sing back a few notes that we play on the piano),
  • and the ability to sing your own part confidently (you’ll sing–in quartet–something you just learned in rehearsal).

Those who display exceptional talent and dedication may be considered each semester for membership in the Chamber Singers.

Josh 3x3 Director Joshua R. Jacobson holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Harvard College, a Masters in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University, where he served nine years as Music Department Chairman.He is also the founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble, specializing in Hebrew music. He has conducted workshops on choral music for various groups, including the American Choral Directors Association, and has guest conducted a number of ensembles, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Symphony and Chorus, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Boston Lyric Opera Company. He has also writtenthree books, lots of articles on various aspects of choral music, and more than one hundred published compositions, arrangements and editions, which have been published and performed throughout the world.

Edwin Swanborn, Accompanist, studied with Dr. Anthony Newman at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and has participated in master classes with Gustav Leonhardt and Anton Heiller. Mr. Swanborn is Music Director of the historic First Parish Church in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He is also the Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Series of Duxbury, a nationally recognized chamber music series. Founder-Director of the Boston Baroque Chamber Players and harpsichordist of the Atlanta Virtuosi, solo and chamber music engagements have taken him to all corners of the United States as well as to Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Mr. Swanborn has made several compact disc recordings, which have been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike.

The concert uniform for the NUCS is as follows: Men wear black tuxedo jackets, black bow ties, black pants (either tux pants or plain dress pants), black shoes (shined), black socks and white shirts.  The shirt could be a tux shirt or a plain white dress shirt. The NUCS has a few tux jackets to lend to men who may not have their own; men must provide their own bowties. Women The chorus will lend each woman a long black skirt. The skirt must be returned after the performance. Each woman will wear a formal long-sleeved black blouse (you must purchase your own blouse), black formal (but comfortable) shoes, and black nylons. Tutti: Please, no strong perfume or flashy jewelry. And please shower and apply deodorant before the concert. Keezers in Cambridge is a good place to buy (or rent) tuxedos. Cousin’s is in Connecticut, but you can buy tuxes and gowns on line. Cheap Tux Dot Com is another on-line store. Simco is another on-line store. New Era Factory Outlet has good prices on tuxedos (800-875-4959).

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Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Kyrie Eleison)

Mozart’s Ave Verum

Haydn’s The Creation

Star Spangled Banner

Obey the Spirit of the Lord

Gershwin’s Big Boat

Mozart’s Requiem (Kyrie Eleison)

Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata

Anthony Paul De Ritis’ Dedication