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GMChorale is reaching new heights in its concerts! Bernstein's Chichester Psalms & Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass masterfully directed by Artistic Director, Joseph D'Eugenio, this 80-member auditioned choir thrilled the nearly 500 who attended! Any donation made to this group is well-used to support innovative approaches to classics, new works and even commissioning of amazing endeavors such as Letter from Italy, 1944. One must attend to capture just how vibrantly masterworks can be rendered.

 
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I've now been a member of GMChorale since 2011 (and its chamber group since 2014), and as a member, board member, and donor, I've seen the group continue to evolve and transition into a dynamic and forward-thinking organization. The move towards orchestral collaboration has advanced the performance level and both perceived and actual opinion of the group's professionalism immensely. The coming season promises to be challenging AND rewarding :-)

 
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First, I'm not only a volunteer and participant, but I also fit into the categories of donor, board member, and (past) professional with expertise in this profession. I joined the GMC nearly two years ago and found a home for not only the type of music I wanted to make but also for the type of people with whom I wanted to perform. A highly diverse group, versed in all manners and walks of life, GMC member enthusiasm and drive makes my experience something I look forward to every week. Having Joe at the Artistic Director helm is the icing on the cake. He is passionate about the product, and I thorougly enjoy how deeply vested he is in making the GMC experience valuable for both participant and recipient. From the camaraderie and magic enjoyed on our European tour to the excitement planning the spring 2013 world premiere project, "Letter from Italy, 1944," my involvement with GMC has become life-changing. I am so eager to see where we are going from here.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I feel fortunate, indeed to have successfully auditioned for entry into such a challenging and demanding Chorale. The growth in my musicianship and confidence in performing has been phenomenal, all due to Artistic Director Joe Deugenio. The civic and humanitarian efforts of this group are peerless. I now serve on the Board and can wholeheartedly endorse this gem of New England!

 
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It was my profound honor to have been commissioned by the GMChorale in 2011 as its Composer-in Residence to write Letter From Italy, 1944. Not only does this oratorio recognize my father’s life before, during and after WW11, but it also reaches out to the current widespread veteran community that is suffering from the devastating impact of PTSD either during embattlement or upon returning home.
The chorale has become one of the leading choruses in Connecticut under the brilliant leadership of Joseph D’Eugenio, who is able and willing to engage whatever choral technique to suit the music at hand, though I most love the chorales’ signature robust sound.
I spoke to the Concert Mistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra after the performance of the Mozart Requiem in 2015. She noted that in her five years of collaboration with the chorale, she felt that the group had strengthened exponentially in both vocal technique and expression. She found this particular choral performance superb. I absolutely agree.
The programming is always novel and engaging. Most recently, the coupling of Chichester Psalms by Bernstein with Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn was somehow perfect, as was the compelling performance of two works so different in character and the timing in musical history during which they were written
Finally, beyond the music, what I love most about this group is the joy that is evident in all that they do.
--Sarah Meneely-Kyder--

 
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I am currently composer ln Residence of the Greater Middletown Chorale, under commission to write a full-scale oratotio that will be performed in 2013. It is my unequivocal delight to write this recommendation. Under the direction of the recently heralded artistic director and conductor, Joseph D'Eugenio, GMC has become one of the most deeply respected choruses in CT. Maestro D'Eugenio, both a gifted musician and a gifted human being, is able to interface extremely high expectations with patience,humor, and evident love for the group. The singers are responsive, enthusiastic, and absolutely committed to every undertaking. All performances are of the highest quality. Beyond the music, there is an underlying current of warmth, rare and infectious, that is felt palpably by all who come into contact with GMC. I feel that I am theirs and they are mine. Need I say more?

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Fabulous group - couldn't live without them! As an audience member I leave every concert inspired and transformed.

 
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The Chorale does exceptional work. Not only are their performances first class, the organization is an incredibly supportive community, giving members an opportunity of participating in a mutually beneficial activity. As someone who has been a member for some years, I can attest to the warm welcome given to new members, and the apparent lack of the conflict that often occurs in volunteer organizations. Also, they provide financial help to those for whom the annual dues are prohibitive.

 
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I've been with the Greater Middletown Chorale for over ten years. Along with many others in this group I drive a considerable distance to sing because of the level of excellence I have found there. The music is varied, often challenging, and the director is talented and ambitious on our behalf. We work hard but we also laugh a lot. It's a friendly and supportive bunch, and difficult personalities are few and far between (not always my experience in other choirs!) There is also a seemingly endless supply of volunteers to help run just about every aspect of this group, and we have wonderful support from friends, family, and music lovers in our area. My life is much fuller because of my experiences with the GMC.

 
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The Greater Middletown Chorale is the first and only choir in which I've sung. When a friend invited me to join 12 years ago, I shyly attended a Tuesday rehearsal and met with the musical director, Joe d'Eugenio. He asked if I was a soprano or alto, and I didn't even know! His kindness and gentleness immediately put me at ease, he suggested I try singing soprano, and in no time Tuesday evenings became the highlight of my week. In those early years I was a bit daunted by the level of musicianship around me, and simultaneously felt deeply honored to be a part of such a talented group. Today, though I have learned how to sight read new music without panicking, and can scribble all those musical notations that Joe shoots out at rehearsals without looking over my neighbor's shoulder, I continue to be humbled by the talent around me, to be grateful for the devotion of the membership, and to be inspired by Joe's magical combination of serious expectations and gentle support. The Greater Middletown Chorale brings out the best in me, and Tuesday nights are still a highlight of my week.

 
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My experience with the GMC helped me decide to pursue Music. I started singing with them in high school, and I was so inspired by the musicianship of the choir and the ridiculous amount of talent in the conductor that I decided to pursue music more seriously. I recently graduated from college after studying singing and am with the GMC again and I am still astounded by the choir's skills and sounds and by the conductor's vast knowledge, talent, and heart. And more than all of that, the people are all some of the most warm and welcoming you could hope to meet.

 
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When I moved to Connecticut four years ago, my search for a choral group to sing with was a top priority.
Trained as an instrumentalist, but also having sung for the last 20 years, I was looking for a group that tackled serious music, but also one that wasn't too stuffy! I like to hear new music, and this group makes a point of commissioning new works. The premier of a new dramatic oratorio gave us the rare
experience of seeing how the act of creating and collaborating is a transformative experience - for the performers and the audience alike.
(Check out: Letter from Italy, 1944)
Under the masterful and delightful direction of Artistic Director, Joseph D'Eugenio, this is a group that makes fabulous music and has a good time doing it! The members work hard to make it all happen, giving of their time, talent and treasure to keep a good thing getting even better!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I'm a singing member of the chorale, and recently moved here from another state. I have participated in so many choral groups over the past 25 years, but never have i been in one like the Greater Middletown Chorale! They have that super combination of dedicated members, volunteers and paid professionals, working together for excellence in musicianship, programming and performance. The energy level and personal connections here even persuaded me to become a member of their board. Joe D'Eugenio's leadership and musical talents create a chemistry that shows in the outpouring of the chorus. I love that one of the GMC's core mission objectives is to perform works by new composers. This makes for a group always willing to stretch and open doors to new experiences. You will love hearing this group!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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