GREATER MIDDLETOWN CHORALE INC

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 527 Middletown CT 06457 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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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!!

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I have been singing with the GMChorale for about 12 years. In that time I have seen the repertoire grow from mainly classic works by the great composers Bach, Mozart,Haydn and the like to living American composers. We have performed New works,premiered some and have also commissioned others. Our most recent achievements have been to perform the Northeast premier of the Mollicone Beatitude Mass for the Homeless.
We were privileged to have the composer present a talk prior to the event. He was tremendously moved by our performance. In addition we commissioned and performed a nee and moving oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944, soon to be released. As you can see, under the reins of our acclaimed artistic director, Joseph D'Eugenio, we have become one of the premier chorales attracting young and accomplished singers. I urge everyone to come to hear us or join us in song

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I am a nine year amateur member of the Greater Middletown Chorale and sing in the tenor section. I have been on the board and have proudly served as president. I, along with some 60 other members donate an amazing amount of time, money and our heartfelt passion for singing choral music each year to the chorale. Why do I do it? Because I get the privilege of singing some of the best music every created and my singing ability improves with each new performance. And I get the opportunity to share it with my friends, family and the community at large. I am pleased to be a part of a family of welcoming singers who collaborate to sing beautiful music. They are now my dear friends in music. (And the food at the after concert receptions is fantastic!)

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I joined this choir a short time ago seeking three things: an inspiring and demanding director, a high level of musicianship from the singers, and compelling repertoire. It is a rare community choir that combines all three of these elements. This is one of the rare gems, and I am overjoyed to have found it. Under Joe D'Eugenio, every rehearsal is also a voice lesson. He does a superb job of instilling in the singers a professional attitude and pride in quality music-making--by bringing in professional singers, by collaborating with professional orchestras, and most of all by holding volunteer singers to the same standard as the professionals we collaborate with. This group enriches the entire community--volunteers, professionals, and audiences.

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I have sung with the Chorale on and off for over 20 years. I'm not a professional musician, but have sung in several choral groups as an amateur lover of choral music. Some conductors are good with folks who need to learn a lot, but they can't produce high quality concerts. Some conductors can conduct the super-good singers and produce a wonderful concert, but leave the learners in the dust. Somehow Joe D'Eugenio manages to teach the whole range of singers in the Chorale, helping those of us who need to learn more, and still challenging the excellent performers among us. He is always looking for strategies to bring out the best in everyone. As a result, the morale and friendliness is sky-high, the learning is intense, and the concerts are excellent. The fact that more and more semi-professional singers have gravitated to the chorale over the years attests to the quality of musicianship of the conductor and the chorale, the choice of music, and the excellence of our performances. As a professional in my community, I'm proud to be a part of this organization.

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I was trained as a choral conductor but have pursued another profession for the past 25 years. I joined the Greater Middletown Chorale in 2006 and immediately knew I was "home." It is a large and diverse group that employs vocal coaches to help our singers develop their vocal technique and musical versatility. Our artistic director Joe D'Eugenio brings professional passion, vision, and overriding care for the personal experience of each singer. In six short years, I have had the opportunity to tour Europe twice; be part of two oratorios that were of the highest musical quality and achieved overall excellence; and as current President have overseen the upcoming world premiere of a dramatic contemporary oratorio, "Letter from Italy, 1944", that is already promoting healed lives among military veterans and their families. "Chorale" is too narrow a label for the good this organization accomplishes.

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We have been faithful followers of the Greater Middletown Chorale since it was initially formed in 1997. Since then, it has become a wonderful chorale resource in Connecticut and beyond. It provides an outstanding musical resource for the general public. It also encourages the development of vocalists, musicians and new composers in an era of considerable financial challenge. The current project "Letter from Italy, 1944" provides an opportunity to use all of these resources to join with personal history in presenting a reminder of the effects of any war on the individuals and families involved. We heartily recommend the GMC as a worthy recipient of Grant monies for their support and certainly consider it to be one of our "Favorite Nonprofits".

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