Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
July 16, 2019

Central Massachusetts



Collaborative Pianist


Handel and Haydn Society | Collaborative Pianist: New Voices


Handel and Haydn Society seeks a highly-qualified collaborative pianist to support rehearsals and performances of the New Voices youth choral ensemble. New Voices is a beginning choral experience for children who show a strong interest in music and a desire to sing. This chorus for students in grades 2-4 is one of seven ensembles that comprise the H+H Youth Choruses. The New Voices collaborative pianist is part of a team of 15 part-time education faculty members, which includes conductors, musicianship teachers, collaborative pianists, and school-based teaching artists.

Reports to:Vice President of Education and Community Engagement


  • Accompany the weekly 50-minute New Voices rehearsals on Saturdays, 8:30-9:20am, September 2019 May 2020. The ensemble rehearses regularly at Boston Latin School.
  • Accompany New Voices performances, generally 3-4 per season in the Boston area.
  • Maintain high-quality rehearsal and performance standards aligned with the organization's core values of education, musical excellence, expression, and community.
  • Lead occasional sectional rehearsals as deemed necessary by the conductor.
  • Meet with the conductor on a regular basis at times mutually agreed upon for the purposes of planning rehearsals and performances, and discussing musical and logistical performance issues. Participate in other meetings of the education faculty and staff as scheduled.
  • Be available to meet with Board members, donors, and funders during the year and participate in events that maintain and cultivate interest in the Education Program.


  • A passion for sharing music with all people, in particular with children
  • Superior collaborative playing skills and the ability to artistically respond in real-time to a conductor
  • Advanced classical piano technique
  • Advanced sight-reading ability
  • Ability to transpose on the spot
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Performance or Collaborative Piano, advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative artist, coaching and playing for classical singers
  • Prior experience accompanying children's choral ensembles
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to and engage school-aged children with genuine warmth, creativity, and energy
  • Professionalism in all settings and excellent judgment
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility, and positive attitude
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and their families
  • Fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Haitian, Mandarin, or another language spoken by new Bostonians is desirable
  • Authentic interest in advocacy for music education and the Handel and Haydn Society
  • Availability to work in Boston on Saturday mornings SeptemberMay is essential


This position is paid hourly, at a rate commensurate with experience. Contract may be extended for future seasons based on performance.

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references. Auditions will be heard for this position in summer 2019. Candidates will be asked to perform a 3-4 minute solo selection of their choice and sight reading, as well as an interview.

How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
September 10, 2019
About this Organization:

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a ten-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah(1818), Haydn’s Creation(1819), Verdi’s Requiem(1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion(1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’s direction.