Subdued excitement is in the air as rehearsals begin: greetings are exchanged, there is chatter about the past week, refreshments are brought into the kitchen, seating is arranged, scores opened; the conductor speaks, a chord is played… so we settle in to another welcome evening of making music with friends and strangers, united in a community of joy in singing and love of music.
Ars Musica exemplifies and expands upon “community” in many ways. We draws our singers from the area around our corporate address, as is customary, but some of our members come from well beyond northern Bergen County– New York City, upstate New York, and farther off in New Jersey, choosing us over choruses nearer their homes. Our brilliant conductor, James Kennerley, and excellent pianist, Nadia Christova, have a great deal to do with that.
We are very much a part of our geographical community, performing four times a year in venues within the area. We offer beautiful and inspiring works from the best-loved choral repertory at affordable prices, and we extend our community by collaborating with other musical groups in the region, such as the the Northern Valley Regional High Schools, Adelphi Orchestra, and the renowned Newark Boys Chorus.
The sense of community has informed our activities throughout more than half a century; we are pledged to make every singer feel welcome, and many of us have become good friends. The members direct the chorus and shape its policies: the Board of Directors is drawn almost entirely from the body of singers, and concerts and special events are produced by member committees, with the aid of a chorus manager.
We are building a unique legacy upon our more than fifty years, by nurturing the careers of exceptional young soloists, and through the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus, which we recently founded. The NJSCC trains younger generations in the importance of community, as well as providing the pleasure of making music vocally and the excitement of performance.
Whether you are a singer, a lover of choral music, or a supporter of the arts, you will find Ars Musica Chorale an exciting and rewarding community to be part of. Join us!