Records of the Harvard University Choir, 1822-2006 and undated
- 1822-2006 and undated
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Extent0.36 cubic feet (1 document box, 1 sound disc)
The records primarily document the early years of the Choir, 1834-1848, and include the Choir's first constitution along with summaries of choir activities. Scattered records from the 20th century include a membership notification and a list of choir regulations. This series also includes a sound recording dating from the tenure of A.T. Davison.
History of the Harvard University Choir
In the early years of the 20th century, the Choir was composed of members of the Harvard Glee Club. The annual Christmas carol service, which remains a beloved tradition, was established in 1910 by Archibald T. Davison, choirmaster from 1910-1940. Davison was succeeded by G. Wallace Woodworth, choirmaster until 1958. Woodworth invited women from Radcliffe College to supplement the choir during World War II; at the end of the 1945-1946 academic year, the choir reverted to being men only. Women were first invited to officially join the University Choir during the tenure of John R. Ferris, who served as choirmaster from 1958-1990.
Currently, the University Choir is Harvard’s only professional choir. Approximately fifty singers, each paid a small stipend, form the Sunday Choir, which performs a wide range of choral literature during the Sunday services of the Memorial Church. A select group of 16 singers from the Sunday Choir form the Choral Fellows and perform during the daily Morning Prayers in Appleton Chapel, one of Harvard’s oldest traditions; the Choral Fellows also represent the Choir on tour.
- Mrs. Edward S. Wood; January 10, 1906
- 17634; 2007 June 15
- 2016.006; Frederick Kutz, May 13, 2015
- Harvard University. Choir. Records of the Harvard University Choir : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- EAD ID
Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository
Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.
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