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Review for Greater New Haven Community Chorus Inc, New Haven, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally experienced the results of this organization when it literally brought song back into my soul after the death of my mother. At that point, I needed to reconnect with the one thing that thought could bring joy back into my life--singing. But, I would never have been able to do so without the no-risk, non-judgmental, non-auditioned avenue that Greater New Haven Community Chorus offered me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to increase awareness, appreciation and support for the Greater New Haven Community Chorus and, in turn, increase donor support. This would allow GHNCC to expand the number and scope of performances and community events thus enriching people's lives and bringing joy to their souls through choral music.

Role:  Board Member & Singing with GNHCC literally changed my life. Realizing how unique GNHCC is, I felt a need to perpetuate it. So, I joined the Board of Directors and was eventually elected President of the Board.