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.
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.
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).
Fall concert, 2014
Fall concert, 2013 (NUCS reunion)
April 1, 2004 concert and party at UNO’s
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM in the Fenway Center
Tickets available at the door or at the NU Ticket Center.
The major work is Franz Schubert’s beautiful “Mass in G” for chorus and orchestra. After intermission we will present sacred music from other traditions. Two settings of the synagogue hymn “Adon Olam”—one in contemporary chordal style and the other in jazz style. “Gloria Kajoniensis” features the driving rhythms of Eastern Europe. “Adinu” is a contemplative Sufi hymn. Eriks Esenvalds’s “Stars” is a meditation on the night sky for chorus and tuned water goblets. Two settings of “Lord Make Me an Instrument”—one by John Rutter and the other by M. Roger Holland in gospel style. We will end our concert with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” and invite the audience to sing along. New this fall, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will be our concert collaborator.
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