Greater New Haven Community Chorus Inc

Rating: 4.65 stars   93 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 351 New Haven CT 06502 USA

Mission: The Greater New Haven Community Chorus contributes to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community, through the rehearsal and performance of outstanding choral music. Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization we: • achieve the highest standard of choral music by a non-auditioned chorus open to everyone • educate chorus members and audiences alike • embrace the diversity of the community • donate tickets and special performances to area non-profit organizations
Results: During the past year, GNHCC successfully: 1. Searched for, hired, and transitioned to a new Artistic Director, replacing the departing Artistic Director after his successful seven-year tenure. 2. Updated website with new design; transitioned to new Internet provider and began transitioning to a new, state-of-the art database management system. 3. Began soliciting grant monies for the commissioning of major choral works to celebrate the chorus’ 50th Anniversary season. As of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012-2013, GNHCC has been awarded grants totaling $3500 from Choral Arts New England and from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. 4. Developed a detailed 16-page “Singers’ Guide” outlining the function, procedures and culture of GNHCC.
Target demographics: residents ages 16 and above from all nationalities. We are an open and welcoming organization.
Geographic areas served: Greater New Haven area includes New Haven and over 20 surrounding communities.
Programs: Part of GNHCC’s commitment toward enriching and educating the cultural community is its sponsorship of a Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship. This scholarship program, now in its third full season, offers student conductors an opportunity to develop their skills through the real-world experience of working with a large, non-auditioned, volunteer chorus like GNHCC for a full concert season. He or she participates in all aspects of musical direction, is afforded extraordinary access to podium time, and benefits from the Artistic Director’s ongoing mentorship throughout the year. In addition to the practical aspects of leading the chorus in rehearsals and performances, the scholarship student receives direct guidance in rehearsal preparation, musical analysis, score study techniques, and the gestural language of conducting.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus started with a small chorus of about 60 people back in 1989. I joined the chorus at the time to improve on my musicianship on the guitar. It allowed me to phrase in my singing and guitar pieces The bigggest reward to this organization is it is a cheap way to learn music and a rewarding path to becoming part of an ever growing family which reaches out to its members, their families and the community.

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

I read music with greater accuracy and most of all have improved in my rhythmic presentation.

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

Not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus started with a small chorus of about 60 people back in 1989. I joined the chorus at the time to improve on my musicianship on the guitar. It allowed me to phrase in my singing and guitar pieces The bigggest reward to this organization is it is a cheap way to learn music and a rewarding path to becoming part of an ever growing family which reaches out to its members, their families and the community.

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

I read music with greater accuracy and most of all have improved in my rhythmic presentation.

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

Not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

GNHCC is a great organization, and what makes it great is it's dedicated Artistic Director, singers and Board Members who keep evolving the organization to be a continuously creative choral music force within the community.

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

my growth as a singer and organizational member.

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

help get involved, like I've already done, with being a Board Member. :)

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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Google search!

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

50th anniversary of the chorus-- we're arranging for some really amazing activities and some original music to be commissioned for the group!

What is its top priority in the long run?

Getting even more involved with the community and becoming a premier choral organization.

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1 person found this review helpful

GNHCC is a wonderfully inclusive community chorus, open to all members of the community, regardless of singing ability! When I wanted to get back into singing, I searched online for local choruses. Many of them were auditioned-- I was very nervous at the thought of having to sight-read music in front of an audience! Not only that, these choruses seemed rather "stuffy" as they were singing more traditional choral songs and arrangements. The GNHCC welcomed me during my very first practice with open arms, no auditions and they instilled confidence in my ability to sing with them by welcoming me back again and again. Their music is sometimes traditional, but mostly current, international, and eclectic, featuring composers from all walks of life. It's inspiring to be a part of this chorus and I look forward to our practices together every week!

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

how I live my life with more joy and greater insights into myself and the world around me.

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

create a movie night to showcase what other choruses around the world are doing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Supportive, encouraging, inspirational, educational.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group has encouraged me to use my voice not only to make music but to support myself in new ways. I've literally "found my voice" through the help of this group. Being a part of the winter choral event brought me great joy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

I said it all in the previous paragraph

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

Not a damn thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love to sing and have done so as a solo artist for many years. It is not until you sing with a choral group like GNHCC that you realize how powerful voices can be when singing together. You learn a true sense of community, following strong and talented leadership, learning how to be better than you were from their tutelage, sharing ideas, and listening to one another. The finished product is a beautiful and spectacular event that moves people right to their core being.

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

being a part of this wonderful non-auditioned choral group.

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

share with a greater number of people

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year, at around Christmas time, I go to as many concerts as time allows. This year, I was fortunate to attend a very special concert by the Greater New Haven Community Chorus in New Haven. The quality of the concert was outstanding and hope to go to many more.

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

The excellent quality of their performance.

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

No comment

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Rating: 4 stars  

GNHCC opens its arms to all singers and offers them high-quality group training and performance opportunities. No auditions, but high standards for learning and practicing. The group represents a wide swath of area citizens, with a mixture of ages, backgrounds, races, and more.

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

improving my singing, learning about music theory, meeting new people, and building community.

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

tone down the time devoted to additional smaller performances and focus more on the music, the people, and the large fall and spring concerts.

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