Founded in 1899, the Radcliffe Choral Society is Harvard's oldest women's organization and one of the country’s preeminent collegiate treble (SSAA) choruses.
RCS promotes excellence in women's and treble choral music and celebrates the extraordinary community formed through its music-making. The ensemble fosters the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music through the commissioning of new works for women's voices and exploring music from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony to Romantic partsongs and folk music from around the globe.
This year, RCS will also be exploring Korean choral traditions in preparation for a two-week tour to South Korea in May/June 2023. RCS frequently partners with local arts organizations, as well as the other Harvard Choruses—the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Harvard Glee Club. The combined choirs will present J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December and the Verdi Requiem (with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra) in April 2023.
As a student run and managed 501(c)(3) non-profit, singers are given a unique opportunity to develop experience in arts administration, concert production, marketing, tour planning, and other facets of non-profit leadership. The course offers voluntary opportunities for singers to cultivate their musicianship in the areas of individualized vocal study, choral composition, advanced ear-training and sight singing, and choral repertoire. Students may also participate in RCS’s student-lead a cappella group, ‘Cliffe Notes.