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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Singing & Choral Groups

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.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My wife has been in this chorus for a few years and has been enjoying herself very much. She comes home singing all sorts of things during the week. She is having a great time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

My mother is in the chorus and she seems to really like being a part of it. It is causing her to listen to different types of music then her usual stuff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They are a terrific group. I am looking forward to their Spring Concert because the music is by living female composers. The music choices are usually very interesting so I highly recommend the concert and the group!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful group doing wonderful stuff! Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

What a class act! I really enjoy the enthusiasm which this group displays in their singing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The chorus does a wonderful job providing a quality product for the arts community. I hope they are able to continue their outreach to this area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The chorus is wonderful. I'm looking forward to the Jun 4th concert.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I were invited by my good friend, Barbara Coulombe, to attend the holiday concert at Battell Chapel in New Haven. We were amazed at the large group in GNHCC, but were enthralled with their voices. They sang beautifully and professionally.......did a suberb job. They were a wonderful highlight to uour holiday season.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have attended performances of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for the past three years. I have been impressed by their enthusiasm and professionalism and how the public has responded favorably to their performances.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have attened a number of of the GNHCC concerts both winter and summer. The music is always interesting and the choral ability of the performers is amazing. Always an enjoyable time.

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