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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alaina D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 3

What the chorus represents is how good the community really is. The Chorus and its members is a representative of who lives in the area. The Chorus connects and bonds with its outreach through performances and other endeavors. The many voices now have a channel and platform to be heard on and it’s through the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.
The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is a non-auditioned, choir open to men and women of all ages. Just like any community the chorus is there for those new and old to the area. TGNHCC enriches our lives by their performances, their philosophy make us our spirits richer.

Review from Guidestar

Kathleen M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Greater New Haven Community Chorus is a fabulous group – it has strong musicianship and also a wonderful community of members who truly care about one another and love to sing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The GNHCC is a wonderful organization. It allows me to do what I love--sing! I enjoy the informal, non-audition atmosphere. It creates a sense of community, openess and giving that could not take place in an audition chorus.

Review from Guidestar

Vickie G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched this chorus grow tremendouslky in the 11 years I have been a member. It is now extending its impact into the community by providing free concerts 2-3 times a year, andn this year will participate int he celebration of The International Year of The Woman to raise awareness of violence against women. The chorus will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is planning toward that goal, many events to commmorate this COMMUNITY chorus and its open door poilcy. It is the oldest, continuously operating, non-auditioned chorus in CT and possibly the USA.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Greater New Haven Community Chorus (GNHCC) is a non-auditioned, non-professional, volunteer chorus currently entering its 48th year as part of the cultural fabric of New Haven, Connecticut and surrounding towns. In this chorus, singers of any ability can experience the joy of choral singing. GNHCC achieves the highest possible level of performance from a non-auditioned chorus while offering an opportunity which is rarely afforded to adults in contemporary American society. Engaging and instructive rehearsals allow singers with little or no previous musical training to learn and to grow as musicians while the chorus prepares at least two major concerts each year. Drawing voices from the many towns across the region, the chorus, which currently numbers about 120 voices, embraces the diversity of the community in every sense – age, ethnicity, economic status and musical proficiency.





Living into its mission to contribute to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community, Greater New Haven Community Chorus has developed its own Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship program, through which an aspiring area university undergraduate student gains rare podium time as a conductor while being mentored by GNHCC's extraordinarily talented Artistic Director. Reaching out to the community beyond its regular concert season, the chorus also performs free concerts and partners with individuals, organizations and schools to offer workshops and benefit concerts.





Greater New Haven Community Chorus is a remarkable treasure because it engages both its audiences and its singers in a way which connects with 'real' people on a visceral level and which makes choral music fun and approachable by everyone.