First of all I love to sing. So my mother (who now is 104) decided we should sing together. About 25 years ago we joined the Greater New Haven Community Chorus because we knew the director, Ron Konetchy. We have been here ever since. The singers are energetic , happy, welcoming and family. Not only that, we make fantastic music!
I have been with GNHCC for over 15 years now. It has been a wonderful learning experience for me since I did not read music when I first joined. This is the case for many who have joined. The chorus is open to all and has proven to be a microcosm of the greater New Haven area. This kind of diversity makes for beautiful music!
I have been singing with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for about 7 years. As a large group with a wide variety of singing levels and no audition required, its an easy way to join. I love the repertoire and learn new things every week. I find it challenging but not overwhelming. The director is fabulous and the members are a delight to know.
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.
I've never had any vocal training, but I like to sing and have sung along with the radio or record player or CD ever since I can remember, and when GNHCC was presented to me as an opportunity to sing with a group of real people and as an outlet for my interest in singing, I tried it and liked it. I have been singing with the group since spring of 2010, and the whole thing is great: the people, the music, the musical education, the social interaction and support (which became really important to me during a very low period of years in my life), the growth of the group and individuals in the group and the way people work in a huge number of ways to accomplish common goals….What else can I say? This is a group of people at their finest.
I joined the Greater New Haven Community Chorus in 2001 after the break-up of a relationship. Along with continuing my musical education and singing and performing great music, I've made many friends and grown tremendously as a person. In 2013 I joined the Board of Directors and in 2014 I became Treasurer. My volunteer position as Treasurer was instrumental in my being able to change careers and find a paying job in my new field. Being a member of the chorus has been and continues to be, a life-changing and life-enhancing experience!
GNHCC had me hooked within the first few downbeats nearly 10 years ago, now. GNHCC lives its tag line -- building community one note at a time -- both within our immediate choral community and throughout the larger greater New Haven community. Volunteers all...and you won't find a more dedicated and caring group! Thursday rehearsals allow members to leave their day behind and immerse themselves in the evening's music and instruction by an equally dedicated and immensely talented artistic director and superb accompanist -- and have some fun, as well. If you are not a member...no worries! Stop in at any rehearsal, take a listen...maybe you will be hooked, too!
I joined GNHCC to try something new, and to bring music back into my life after many years away from concert band. I was hooked at the first rehearsal! What a warm and welcoming group of people, beautiful and challenging music, an engaging and enthusiastic director... Singing with GNHCC and also joining the Chamber Choir has been an enriching and confidence-building experience.
I first joined GNHCC with Ron Konetchy at its helm back in the 80s. It was Christmas time, and I and my sister-in-law Carla wanted to sing fun Christmas carols. Instead, what we got was Mozart’s Dixit Dominus! I was hooked on “real” choral music from that moment on. My children, who were toddlers at the time, listened endlessly to the rehearsal tapes with me and knew all the words. The challenge of learning each semester’s music is invigorating and the concerts always fill me with a great sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and pride. Long live GNHCC!
joined the chorus because I wanted to learn how to sing with other people and to sing harmony. I wanted to learn to be a good alto! I have stayed because of the great eclectic range of interesting and beautiful music we sing each semester; because our director Noah does such a great job of teaching, leading, pushing, and inspiring us; and because the chorus is such a welcoming group to everyone who wants to put in the work to make music.
I joined the GNHCC after moving to the area from the UK for my partner's work. I've sung in choirs since I was little and thought it might be a nice way to meet people while doing something I love. Rehearsals are the highlight of my week, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer, more welcoming group.
In addition to having an artistic and social focus, GNHCC has a wonderful outreach component that takes music out to the community via free concerts. Here in Connecticut it gets dark so early in the winter and the holidays can be such a difficult and lonely time for some. In addition to its elegant signature concerts at Battell Chapel at Yale University, the GNHCC performs at senior housing centers and at events like the annual benefit for Ronald McDonald House. Singers (approx. 120) receive the gift of being able to give back, to spread cheer and support the efforts of other non-profits. It it best stated by this Latin phrase: "Musica laetitiae comes medicina dolorum" --Music is the companion of joy and a medicine for sorrow."
This group uses the by-line "Building Community One Note at a Time!" and they really keep that as a guiding force in what they do. From building a close social community within the group through social and civic events, to building connections out in the Greater New Haven community, GNHCC views community interaction as an integral part of their mission. They support the group's mission statement through reasonably priced concerts, high school collaborations, a fantastic Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship, Ronald McDonald House "Trees of Hope" involvement, and have offered workshops open to the larger musical community. GNHCC will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary next year and wants to support local and emerging Choral composers by commissioning two NEW Choral works inspired by this special milestone. I came to the chorus as a lone seeker and within a year found myself welcomed in to not only fond friendships, but a dedicated support system of committee and Board members. Come to our concerts and you can actually hear the sound of community!
This chorus lives up to its motto "Building Community One Note at a Time" in many ways. The singers and professional staff are friendly to newcomers and really make an effort to make everyone feel welcomed. Members become friends and share time outside of the chorus rehearsals, too. They also reach out to the community at large.
Since they do not require auditions, anyone who loves to sing can join. Because of the efforts of Artistic Director Chris Clowdus, this works to the benefit of the individual and the group - he finds teaching points throughout the rehearsals, to help everyone improve.
On the larger community level, the Community Impact Committee has worked hard to provide opportunities for the chorus to reach out to the general population, through performances at nursing and elder living venues, and most recently by working with a chorus in a local magnet school, to present a joint holiday performance. The letters the students wrote back to the chorus make it clear how much they were affected by the opportunity. One student wrote that she wanted to pursue singing lessons now, and another wrote that he was inspired by the welcome he felt from the adults in the GNHCC. Creating opportunities to share this important cultural experience with those who might not ordinarily be able to attend such events, is a cornerstone of the chorus' mission.
The Chorus also offers workshops to the community, and a Choral Conducting Scholarship, open to a College-level music Major at area colleges and universities. A talented Yale student is the current recipient.
The Chorus has been working hard to develop these Community Impact programs, and to upgrade its accounting system and other operating facets, so that it can be more effective. An Advisory Committee was recently formed, from members of the New Haven community, to help guide the chorus to greater growth and influence over the coming years. I am proud to be involved with this group.
A great big singing family. If you do not nominate this group come and sing with us. We are friendly, good cooks and we like to party
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.
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!
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I join the chorus three years ago and have made so many wonderful friends.
About 2 years ago I was invited by my neighboor to see the GNHCC sing. It was the most wonderful experience I had in long time. I decided to join the chorus. I have made wonderful friends and have gotten more involved in my communitee. I encourage anyone who likes being with people and singing they should join the chorus
I have been a member of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for 15 years and have truly enjoyed the community of the chorus and hwo much music we give back to our communities. The members come from all over the area for the sole purpose to share the joy of singing. We have a wonderful time and the experience fills my heart and life with joy.
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This group represents the spirit of the greater new haven community as well as any organization could. The passion displayed in performing event the most challenging material is quite impressive. They provide a great service by their numerous outreach programs and the concerts are always make for a memorable experience.
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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.
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The Chorus came to sing at my Senior Residence this past winter. I appreciated their effort since it is too difficult for me to go to concerts in New Haven at night. The music and singing were delightful - and it was wonderful to see such smiling faces!
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