Founded in 1998, the Handel and Haydn Society’s Young Women’s Chorus (YWC) has consistently demonstrated its ability to perform challenging and interesting repertoire above the typical level for high school female choral ensembles. The ensemble’s 70 members come from more than 40 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. YWC performs classical repertoire in a variety of languages, along with spirituals, jazz, folksongs, and a cappella music.
YWC made its Jordan Hall debut in 2004 on Handel and Haydn’s A German Christmas program with Grant Llewellyn and made its Symphony Hall debut in 2006 on Handel and Haydn’s Holiday Sing program. YWC returned to Symphony Hall in 2012 to perform Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society ensemble. It has participated in festivals with the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Wellesley College Choir, sung with ensembles such as the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Winsor Music, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, and appeared at four major fundraising events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project Place.
Alyson Greer has led YWC since 2011.