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: 4 stars  

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.

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

In watching people I know be able to do something they enjoy.

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

More well known popular music to attract the younger people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've seen two of the chorus' performances and both were really exceptional experiences. The conductor (ok, can't remember his name bu that's my defect, not his!) seemed exceptionally attuned to the strengths of his chorus in his selections which enabled them to be exceptionally capable of delivering a stellar performance. What a very wonderful opportunity for all!

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

concert in 2 venues in Connecticut

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

Have more performances...but I realize folks got to work for a living!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former member of this wonderful chorus. They work very hard for months on their music and perform twice and year for the public enjoyment at Battell Chapel in New Haven CT

They also sing gratis at nursing homes and public housing associations. They are a non-audition group so anyone who loves to sing can join.

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Performing for 2 years with the chorus and attending many of their concerts when not a member

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

Can't think of anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heard about the chorus from one of my best friends who recently joined the chorus. She really enjoyed her time in the chorus. She had a lot of fun singing, made many friends there. She also started to learn playing piano. Should I be around, I would be very glad to join GNHCC.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The chorus has a collective voice. I always feel somehow different after a concert. My mood lifts, I feel better generally, and am more relaxed.

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

organizational structure

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

find a handicap accessible rehearsal and performance space

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have supported the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for several years. We look forward to each concert with great enthusiasm. Their performances are extremely professional , disciplined and flawless. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy a volunteer chorus of dedicated and professional sounding voices of this high caliber.

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

Attend as many concerts as possible.

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

not consider making any changes. They do an excellent job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have heard of the Greater New Haven Comm. Chorus for years, but finally had a chance to experience hearing them. It was one of the best concerts I had been to. It was a very moving performance, and I was very impressed that all the members are not professional, but just as good, if not better than some I have heard. Extremely talented group!!!

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

Attending their Christmas concert. Absolutely wonderful!!!

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

Keep doing what they are doing.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a general member of the public - county of New Haven. I have several friends who are active in the Greater New Haven Chorus. They really enjoy the group as well as the music. The group consists of very nice people who are also in the greater new haven area. They put a lot of effort into the organization as volunteers. They are devoted people.

While attending the concerts, they are enjoyable, relaxing and a nice night out - they get quite a crowd in New Haven. I will definitely attend another concert in the future. As well as place an ad in the ad book.

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

Attending the concerts held in New Haven, Connecticut.

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

I would say - there need be no change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

through a very dear friend who is a volunteer for the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

GNHCC does beautiful things for the community. Please support this wonderful organization

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my nieces have enjoyed being a part of this wonderful organization

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

no changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beautiful music made by beautiful people who give of themselves to bring the gift of music to those who are shut in and/or lonely. This chorus brings community together and offering free concerts to the public brings music to people's lives.

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

a free concert

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

provide more funding to them!

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