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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: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been with the Chorus for many years. It draws together people of different backgrounds - some musical, some not - yet bringing together beautiful programs. It has been educational, friendly, and best of all, it is where I met a fellow tenor - my husband.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

In my three years with the Chorus I have found them a dedicated, welcoming group and extremely interested in being involved in the community. This past year we did a free concert for the underserved with the Hill high school chorus (i.e. free tickets to various social service agencies). It was a great outreach idea and something I hope/expect the Chorus to continue. We also sang at a Branford Senior Housing center in order to bring our music to those who are less able to travel.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have faithfully attended all of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus concerts for more than 5 years...and have been, without exception, always entertained, enchanted and invigorated by the caliber of their performances, and also by how they "live" the meaning of community. As a non-audition chorus, any and all with a strong interest in signing can join. They partner with other choral and educational groups to perform and share the gift of song with community members that might not otherwise be able to attend a performance. And every performance I have attended leaves me feeling fortunate for having been a part of such a great musical experience...the quality and professionalism of the chorus, their conductor, the many amazing soloists and talented accompanists always leave me looking forward to the next experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a member of other Choirs and Choral Societies and it was a holiday treat to attend the GNHCC presentation of Vivaldi's Gloria, excerpts from Handel's Messiah and other Christmas favorites. The venue was particularly effective for this type of music. Parking was convenient, the building was accessible and eateries abound. The quality of the program was superb, including the blending of voices, the soloists and the orchestra. The conductors knew their stuff and gave us a great start to the Holiday season in a very traditional, "British" setting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The GNHCC was a wonderful find for me. I wanted to sing, but not audition, as I haven't been in a chorus for decades. So many members welcomed me very warmly!

I was somewhat intimidated at the thought of singing Vivaldi's Gloria and parts of Handel's Messiah, as I don't read music and it all seemed quite difficult. However, the director, Chris Clowdus really goes out of his way to help us learn many of the basics of reading music while we're rehearsing.

I was delighted at what I learned, as well as being able to perform this beautiful music not only for the paying public, but for other groups as a community service to spread some holiday cheer. It was a very proud moment having family and friends attend the public concert, and I can happily report that they all enjoyed it very much. The GNHCC is an amazing organization!