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.
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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
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
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!!
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.
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 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!
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.
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!