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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I started singing with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus approximately 10 years ago. I have sung mostly the Christmas/Winter concerts because of my family schedule but it's been an experience I would encourage anyone to try out.

As a non auditioned chorus, you don't have pressure to
be the best, you just have to love what you do and DO your best. Our Artistic Director, Chris Clowdus, makes sure that we all work hard to give our audiences the best performance possible, bringing out some beautiful music from sometimes over 100 voices.

We have had concerts in local nursing homes and charity fund raisers which are great ways to help out the community and warm your own heart at the same time. We also donate many tickets to local charities to make sure they can come and enjoy the local talent.

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I have learned so many techniques in singing and have actually started to learn to read music! I don't rely on my memory of how a song goes so much anymore but through the talents of this chorus, I am actually able to start to read the notes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would advertise more rather than just using word of mouth

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Greater New Haven Community Chorus does a fantastic job in connecting with their audiences. I am fortunate to have been able to attend a great number of concerts throughout the region. I always find GNHCC's concerts to be engaging and entertaining.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending approximately 6 or 7 of their concerts over the past 5 years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perform in an airconditioned venue.

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

I first learned about the Greater New Haven Community Chorus on a flier in a community coffee shop, which seems appropriate because this chorus is all about community. It is a non-audition singing group with high musical standards, a remarkable variety of ages and past experiences, an excellent director, and a lot of individuals who are passionate about both making music and creating a community--in the rehearsal room and in the city at large.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rehearsals, concerts, and outreach events around the city of New Haven

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

February 2, 2011

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February 2, 2011

I have been on the GNCC since 1989. In that time period I met a ton of friends. Travelled with the chorus and served on the board.

Now I just do what I like best sing. I am a musician and use what I learn in the chorus for applications in guitar works and composition.

As a female
amateur composer I am thrilled to be singing compostions of contemporary female composers. In addition to singing we will be doing some community service work to assist females who suffer from domestic violence.

Thanks GNCC for being part of my extended family .. Love Mary

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I said it all in the previous paragraph

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a damn thing!

February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus provides a wonderful service to the New Haven community. Because there is no audition required to be accepted to the chorus, anyone who loves to sing is welcome and able to join. The chorus has over 120 enthusiastic singers who range in age from early 20s to late 90s. This opportunity for an authentic inter-generational experience is rare.The chorus gives back to the community by giving two concerts, at reasonable prices, a year; one in the winter and one in the spring. In addition, it provides free concerts to the elderly and at other community events. This year, the chorus joined with the high school student chorus at Hill Central High School to provide a free concert to citizens of the New Haven community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by participating in rehearsals and concerts.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any.

February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

I love to attend the performances of the New Haven Community Chorus, and as the name suggest it is a great vehicle for bringing our community together to celebrate seasons and holidays together.
The members obviously work very hard to produce a quality program that
is delightful to listen
to and awesome in joyfulness. I'm am glad to have the opportunity to share these thoughts. Mary Ellen

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Shared joy...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more performances...

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

This non-audition community chorus welcomes new members with open arms. It has been many, many years since I sang with a group and the members are very supportive while you learn in this nuturing environment. Not only are they supportive within the group, but I am very impressed with their efforts for community outreach. This past December we performed a concert for the underserved in the Greater New Haven area with a group of students from a school that wants to cut music from their budget. Making music accessable not only to the community, but to the schools can change peoples lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increasing my knowledge not only of music, but what is available out in the community and what steps I can take to help better peoples lives

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Meet more often and give more concerts.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

GNHCC has a vision statement: to build community one note at a time. Empty words? On the contrary! Week by week, relationship by relationship, this vision grows deeper.
I was first enthusiastic about joining the chorus because the director, Christopher Clowdus, was a fellow classmate at
Yale. Given our shared commitment to music, we had sung and performed together. Since our graduation, his professionalism and musical talent have continued to grow, and he continues to challenge each of us to test our reach toward being "our best" together. His leadership, the leadership of the board, and the commitment of chorus members provide all of us with the privilege of singing together without drama or egocentricity. The result of our shared energy and ethos has built a loyal following who turn out for our concerts, including our most recent December concert to a full house at Yale's Battell Chapel.
Compared to some of our members, I have belonged to GNHCC for a relatively short time, and yet, have been welcomed genuinely like a good friend. I have been moved by the group's vision to share the love of music in the local community, as well as openness to explore partnerships within and beyond New Haven.
GNHCC? It's an organization with energy and vision--an arts organization to watch!

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Transformative and contagious energy!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Deepen awareness of our group within the greater New Haven area.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

My family and i have attended many concerts given by the GNHCC and enjoyed each one of them. Their musical offerings have been diverse, exciting, and relevant to the times and the community. The chorus members' delight, dedication, and enthusiasm shines through at each performance. The fact that this is a non audition chorus amazes us, for the quality of the music and voices is exceptional. This is what community is all about! BRAVO!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying the community event in their concerts.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, maybe, introduce a children's group to perform.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is exactly what it purports to be: a vehicle for men and women in the area who love to sing -- a place where they gather to do just that every Thursday evening, under the direction of a professional, music-loving conductor. There's no auditioning, freeing up those who might shy away from such a "trial." The atmosphere and demands are warm and friendly, the goals are high but attainable. There's opportunity for those who want to exercise their organizational as well as their musical skills, but "showing up" and singing with eagerness and attention is the main criteria. We have fun!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy of making music and of sharing that joy with an audience

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find us some "angel" to keep us from the need for fundraising.

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