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Greater New Haven Community Chorus Inc

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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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

it is a awesome group of people, who come together singing beautiful music together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Kathy M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great group of people who love to sing together and celebrate community!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Kimberly S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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."

BetcR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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!

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liz Brennan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I join the chorus three years ago and have made so many wonderful friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic chorus - great for the community! The material they do is challenging, but they work extremely hard and in the end it shows.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have attended a few of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus concerts and they are always well executed. The music is interesting and the performance space beautiful. The intern is darn cute! And their quilts are lovely.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of GNHCC when I lived in the area, and have also attended concerts as an audience member. There is a lot of talent there, especially for a non-audition choir. The membership represents the diverse community of New Haven area. The music is well-selected and very enjoyable. Also not easy...the choir director and members work hard and always pull off a beautiful concert.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Music is a wonderful way to enrich the community. The passion in this group is tremendous!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have sung in the chorus for a few years. The people are very welcoming. I don't have a "soloist" voice and it is great to have a non-audition chorus where you can improve your singing and sing complex music but is also large enough that you don't have to feel that you need to be completely perfect or have a beautiful voice - a solid chorus voice is appreciated too.

I am proud of the chorus for trying to be more community minded. I thought our free concert for the "underserved" was a great idea. Even though the weather did not cooperate, I hope we do it again.

The music is always interesting and challenging. I would like a little more time hearing my part's notes but overall I think the director has a good balance with his conducting and definitely pushes us to be better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending GNHCC concerts for about 40+ years, as a supporter of my sister Kathy Traub, a long-time member of the chorus, and active person with multiple roles in the organization. I personally enjoy most of the repertoire presented by the group. I prefer classical music, but I also like a fairly wide variety of popular musical numbers, e.g., South Pacific, Cats, Sound of Music, etc., as well as folk, gospel, ethnic, and some jazz. The one concert that stands out in my memory was one featuring Italian Opera and Neapolitan music, perhaps ten or so years ago. I always enjoy the December concert, with many offerings of the Christmas season. As far as the venue is concerned, Battell Chapel has very good acoustics, but parking and steep outer steps are problems for many of us who are beginning to be affected by physical betrayals of joints and other ailments. I hope the chorus could find an easily accessed concert setting, perhaps a city or university auditorium to hold both a growing chorus and those who wish to be supporters (without having to worry about steps and parking).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

It's great to see a community organization like this perform, and they've had some interesting presentations over the years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My story is simply that I have been attending the concerts of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for several years and have enjoyed their performances immensely! They focus on world music which is delightful and their membership is reflective of the diversity found in New Haven.
Their sound is exceptional and a joy to listen to for those of us benefiting from their very hard work. I also know that the chorus provides an important community and social network for its members.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always loved choral music and was very pleased to discover this group. Although I am not a singer, I so enjoy their concerts. I am always looking forward to the next one!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first joined it was really hard to learn the music, but it has helped me in sight reading and singing skills, and I feel much more comfortable now!

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have really enjoyed singing with this group over the past year. A great group of people who share my love of music!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have sung with this chorus for a couple of years- really enjoy the group.

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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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Christiana D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Find harmony in community, and Make a Joyful Noise!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've attended the wonderful concerts of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus and they are an inspiration always. The music is well chosen and performed to an excellence that is atypical for an amateur chorus!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've sung in the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for several years now and it has been a wonderful experience which has taught me a great deal.

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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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Catherine A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came to New Haven, I did not know anyone and this was a way to meet people in the community and do something I love to do as well which is sing. The chorus provides a venue for people in the community to come together every week. Also through over the years we have taken the opportunity to sing at many community events and hopefully share the joy we find in singing. Thank you GNHCC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus started with a small chorus of about 60 people back in 1989. I joined the chorus at the time to improve on my musicianship on the guitar. It allowed me to phrase in my singing and guitar pieces The bigggest reward to this organization is it is a cheap way to learn music and a rewarding path to becoming part of an ever growing family which reaches out to its members, their families and the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is extremely true to its name! It is open for everybody in the community - no auditions - and it gives back to the community again and again with concerts in community and senior centers and most recently by cooperating with a public school. It is a wonderful experience to sing with the chorus. The last concert in December filled Battell Chapel almost to capacity and the quality of the performance was outstanding!

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Michael G.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Fun times were had by all. Sung some stuff. Sang some more stuff, too.

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Keith S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last fall, I had the privilege of being a guest singer with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus. The program would have been challenging for even a professional chorus, so I was skeptical of the chorus's ability to "pull it off" on the first train ride from New York City to the Yale area.

My skepticism could not have been more foolish: the choir, although completely volunteer and composed mainly of untrained music enthusiasts, attacked the program with a vigor and passion I have not even seen amongst groups of paid professionals. Everyone in the chorus was not only giving 110%, but was willing and able to follow direction / instruction and tips from the guest singers regarding the music. Most importantly: they were all singing with passion and joy.

On the night of the concert, it was apparent to both myself and my fellow guest artists how influential this group has been in the community. The choir sang with passion and artistic integrity, and it was clear in the faces of the audience that each person in the room was touched by the passion of the singer. More importantly, each audience member left the concert a changed person because of the music that they heard. They all stuck around to talk to the singers and find out more about the chorus.

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus has created an environment in their community that fosters and supports creativity. More importantly, by the power of song, they have brought the community together in support of music.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have sung with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for four years. It is a wonderful community of over 100 people from many backgrounds, musical and otherwise. Some people have never sung before and others are expert singers. Our director, Chris, makes sure that everyone can perform at high level. At the same time, we are non-auditioned and keep membership dues low so anyone can join. I'm proud to by a GNHCC member.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I found my time with the GNHCC to be very fulfilling. It is excellent for those with all ranges of musical experience. If you are very experienced, there are leadership roles available, even if you are new. If you are not very experienced, there are many experienced hands who are more than willing to help. The members are friendly and diverse. The director is quite talented and knowledgeable. If I hadn't moved, I would still be singing with them.

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Jaime K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for over 10 years and have enjoyed every minute of it! Not only do I share the joy of singing with the group every week, learn much about my voice and vocal tips, I also have met some wonderful folks through the years from many different backrounds and age groups who have inspired me!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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