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.

Fall 2014

Wednesday 9/3/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 9/10/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 9/17/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Monday 9/22/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal CSC Ballroom
Wednesday 10/1/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Sunday 10/5/14 5:00 – 7:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 10/15/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 10/22/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 10/29/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Sunday 11/2/14 2:00 – 6:00 sectionals Ryder Hall
Wednesday 11/5/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 11/12/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 11/19/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Thursday 11/20/14 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Saturday 11/22/14 5:30 – 7:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Saturday 11/22/14 8:00 – 10:00 concert Fenway Center

Oja Gjeilo, O Magnum Mysterium (chamber singers) Sarah Hopkins, Past Life Melodies (tutti) Ernani Aguiar, Salmo 150 (chamber singers) intermission Beethoven, Mass in C (tutti) Handel, “Hallelujah Chorus” (tutti) Click here for MIDI files for each voice part of Beethoven’s Mass in C.

Spring 2015

Wednesday 1/14/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 1/21/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 1/28/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 2/4/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 2/11/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 2/18/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal CSC Ballroom
Wednesday 2/25/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 3/4/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal CSC Ballroom
Wednesday 3/11/15 no rehearsal – spring break
Wednesday 3/18/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 3/25/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 4/1/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 4/8/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Wednesday 4/15/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Thursday 4/16/15 6:00 – 8:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Saturday 4/18/15 5:30 – 7:30 rehearsal Fenway Center
Saturday 4/18/15 8:00 – 10:00 concert Fenway Center


Guest conductor spring semester: Amy Lieberman

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.

Section Leaders

Emily Manny
Speech Pathology , 2017

Kayla Gomes
Physical Therapy , 2018

Zach Zahnzinger
Music, 2016

Elijah Botkin
Music, 2015

Officers — Fall, 2014

Aislinn Kane
Music, 2015

VP/Personnel Manager
Emma Ouellette
Engineering 2016

Justin Reddington
Engineering 2017

Equipment Manager
Francis Nimick
Computer Science, 2015


Officers — Spring, 2015

Elijah Botkin
Music, 2015

Vice President/Personnel Manager
Stephen McCarthy
Biology, 2015

Hiro Herfert
Finance, 2015

Equipment Manager
Francis Nimick
Computer Science, 2015

Year Term Musical Excellence Organizational Leadership Voice Lessons Scholarship Voice LessonsScholarship
1981 fall Terri Buckley Diane Stickles
1982 winter Diane Stickles Andries Daamen
1982 spring William Hildebrandt Lori Ricci
1982 fall Helene Goldstein John Wright
1983 winter Cathy Read Lee Fonfara
1983 spring Fred Toilolo Helene Goldstein
1983 fall Melissa Pollard Fred Toilolo
1984 winter Diane Milley Rex Vanveldhuisen
1984 spring Alicia Bell Lauren Lomasney
1984 fall Andrew Resnick Betsy Macinnis
1985 winter Betsy Macinnis Eric Hoover
1985 spring Lauren Lomasney Andrew Resnick
1985 fall Emily Smith Paul Godfrey
1986 winter Norma Buckman Melissa Boutilett
1986 spring Sandy Plant Emily Smith
1986 fall Annapia Niedzielski Michelle Sweet
1987 winter Tom Branca Jon Knapp
1987 spring Jon Knapp Chris Quimby
1987 fall Debbie Henriksen Debbie Coutu Debbie Henriksen Emily Smith
1988 winter Jim Walsh David Matthews Joe Bashour Nancy Tompkins
1988 spring Sallyann Dufault Gina Fatutta Michelle Sweet
1988 fall Joe Bashour Sonja Gurian Denise LeGault David Matthews
1989 winter Chip Claflin Lauren Hooper Emily Tafe Sean Jackson
1989 spring Gina Fatutta Debbie Henriksen Gina Fatutta Shanta Williams
1989 fall Michelle Sweet Alex Mendrinos Aaron Pina Stephanie Carter
1990 winter Brian Huff Sabrina Sperow Sabrina Sperow Ed Desmond
1990 spring Timothy Regan Sarah Cass Angela Vieira Alex Mendrinos
1990 fall Mike Colena Ed Desmond Sabrina Sperow Tim Hope
1991 winter Lauren Hooper James DeSelms Sarah Cass Todd Rohs
1991 spring Todd Rohs Heather Anne White Ed Desmond Susan Macallum
1991 fall James DeSelms Mike Colena Kristin Helms Suzanne Mooney
1992 winter Ed Desmond Neda Joury Peter Grossi Paolo Ricci
1992 spring Damon Tyson Suzanne Mooney Mike Colen a James DeSelms
1992 fall Matthew Wojcik Brian Hollander Joy Laput Lisa Savoie
1993 winter Adam Fumia Melissa Macri Adam Fumia Claudy Merlain
1993 spring Melissa Macri Adam Fumia Aaron Pyman Melissa Macri
1993 fall Teresa Buenpacifico Alex Hall Damon Tyson Rebecca Dowd
1994 winter Virgil Bozeman Ed Brady Chad McQueen Andrea Levin
1994 spring Christine Tall Chad McQueen Nicole Walker Xiomara Pique
1994 fall Nicole Walker Liz Porter Jen Guerriero Christine Tall
1995 winter Rebecca Dowd Sarah Heile Adam Fumia Sarah Heile
1995 spring Anna White Todd Rohs April Lavalee Joanna Lampert
1995 Fall Sarah Heile Alison Cohen Trinja Owens Alex Hall
1996 Winter Eileen Olifiers Rebecca Dowd Jessica Kane Megan Brachtl
1996 Spring Megan Brachtl Joanne Frattaroli Melissa Alosso Demitra Orfanos
1996 Fall Jessica Kane Ja-Naé Duane Ja-Nae Duane David Peckham
1997 Winter Alexander Hall Greta Glielmi Erin Seaver Jennifer Donohue
1997 Spring Erin Seaver Virgil Bozeman Troy Cumbo Virgil Bozeman
1997 fall Troy Cumbo Tricia Lillis Maya Mohan David Peckham
1998 Winter Ja-Naé Duane Karen Albergo Kevin Cornelius Greta Glielmi
1998 Spring Maya Mohan Julie Ryder Kara Boyer Tim Wheelock
1998 fall Austin Cornelius Erica Edelson Katie Walczyk Henry Lu
1999 Winter Melissa Alosso Katy Mitchell Tim Wheelock Erin Seaver
1999 Spring Tim Wheelock Stephen Arguetta Stephen Arguetta Karen Albergo
1999 Fall Stephen Arguetta Kristin Pitocco Ja-Naé Duane Troy Gunther
2000 Winter Matt Craig Jennifer Sosa Liz Baraff Jennifer Sosa
2000 Spring Jeremy Williams Nicole Martin Laura Woollett David Peckham
2000 Fall Christina Zolko Jane Mathieu Christina Zolko Matt Craig
2001 Winter Jeremy Labonte Laura Woollett Fay Gerbes Jane Mathieu
2001 Spring Michael King Laura Held Amie Brehm Gina Mastrantuone
2001 Fall Gina Mastrantuone Sarah Arnold Sarah Mikus Gisela Schimke
2002 WINTER Jen Sosa Christina Zolko Sarah Arnold Jeremy Williams
2002 Spring Jane Mathieu Stephen Ewing Kate Rode
2002 fall Amie Brehm Stacy Kaloyanides Spencer Clark Amie Brehm
2003 Winter Kate Rode Jeremy LaBonte Ben Schneider Carly Assael
2003 Spring Laura Held Spencer Clarke Heather Jones
2003 Fall Katherine Kikes Sarah Mikus Lindsay Whalen
2004 Spring Lindsay Whalen Katherine Kikes
2004 Fall Anthony McBrayer Michael Bambuch Claire O’Neill
2005 Spring  Josh Jordan  Robert Fitch Josh Jordan
2005 Fall Corey Tolbert Karen Morris Claire O’Neill
2006 Spring Michael Bambuch Marsha White Katherine Kikes
2006 Fall Geoff Hale Michael Sovak Samantha Basso
2007 Spring Michael Sovak Neen Certo Geoff Hale
2007 Fall Samantha Basso Joe Masciocco Corey Holland
2008 Spring Yui Anzai Brian Dixon Yui Anzai
2008 Fall Shams Ahmed Sarah Berner Patrick Merrill
2009 Spring Sarah Berner Jordyn Linsk
2009 Fall Melody Rabe Brenda Ann Gale Michael Fiorenza
2010 Spring Emily Audley Melissa Sinclair Sarah Shepherd
2010 Fall Natasha Herman Tessa Komine George Banis
2011 Spring Heather Viola Melody Rabe Heather Viola
2011 Fall Anna Neumann Aislinn Kane Terrell Hunt
2012 Spring Angie Sassi Anna Neumann Aislinn Kane
2012 Fall Stephen McCarthy Stephanie Ehrlich Christina Trivelli
2013 Spring George Banis Kameron Kirk Jacob Siegel
2013 Fall Sarah Hindenach Heather Viola Zach Zahnzinger
2014 Spring Emily Manny Stephanie Leahy Elijah Botkin
2014 Fall  Emily Manny  Aislinn Kane
Jeff Anderson-Gil
duties of officers
weekly schedule Officers Weekly Schedule
section leaders Section Leaders
donation form download here
award nomination forms download here
returning member form download here
new member audition form download here
closed course admit form download here
what to do “before the concert” download here

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).

Spring Concert 2013

NU Choral Society concert at the Fenway Center, March 24, 2013

December Concert 2012

Spring Concert 2012

The NU Chorus and the Huntington Orchestra at the Fenway Center on March 25, 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

Winter Concert 2011

The NU Chorus and the Huntington Orchestra at the Fenway Center on December 3, 2011

Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria

Franz Schubert – Mass in G

Concert: Saturday, November 22, 2014

at 8:00 p.m.
 in The Fenway Center

$15, $5 for students
The Northeastern University Choral Society together with the Huntington Orchestra present Beethoven’s dramatic Mass in C. Also on the program are Oja Gjeilo’s mystical setting of “O Magnum Mysterium,” Sarah Hopkins’s “Past Life Melodies” based on Australian Aboriginal chant, and Ernani Aguilar’s Latin-American style setting of Psalm 150. At the conclusion of the concert the audience is invited to join in an open sing of Handel’s monumental “Hallelujah Chorus.” Prof. Joshua Jacobson directs.