Under the Direction of Patricia Joyce

Coriste ("choir sisters" - koh-ree-stay) is the top performing choir for girls' voices in the New Jersey Youth Chorus. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, this ensemble will be a high school   women's ensemble for girls in grades 9-12. Directed by Founder and Artistic Director, Trish Joyce, the goals for each chorister are two-fold: musical and personal.  Musical goals include increasing each chorister’s abilities to sight-read, analyze scores, develop her vocal technique, and expand her knowledge and performance of outstanding choral literature.  Personal goals include goal-setting, teamwork, self-discipline, poise, self-confidence, commitment, hard work and pride in accomplishments.  All of these are accomplished in an environment of caring, fellowship, camaraderie and joy.

Coriste rehearses each Monday from 6:15-8:30pm.  Additional rehearsals are held, as needed, during the season on a Sunday afternoon.  

Coriste performs in both annual concerts, as well as approximately 6 – 10 additional concerts and collaborations with musical, corporate or civic organizations.    They perform frequently with many professional ensembles, regularly host visiting youth choirs, and performs to assist children’s organizations and charities through their “Kids for Kids” initiative


Awards and Achievements: 

Highlights of past performances include:

  • “America the Beautiful” with Queen Latifah at the Super Bowl
  • Performance with 6-time Grammy Award winners The Chieftains
  • Recording of works by internationally known composer Z. Randall Stroope (at the composer’s request)
  • Collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Brass at NJPAC in Newark
  • The State Theater’s Gala under Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti  
  • Featured choir at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 American Choral Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conference
  • Performance for the 2016 ACDA National Children's and Youth Choir Conductors' Retreat
  • Performing Arts Educators High School Festival at Carnegie Hall
  • The only children’s choir to be invited to sing at Chorus America’s 2009 National Conference
  • Performance with Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan 
  • Appearance on the Today Show
  • A Festival at Carnegie Hall
  • Hosting visiting youth choirs, such as Cantus, the premier men’s ensemble in the United States, the Drakensberg Boys Choir from South Africa, the Bach Children’s Chorus from Canada, the Crypt Choir from King's School in Canterbury, England, the Lincoln Boys Choir from Nebraska, Colgate 13 and Ithacapella   
  • Outreach performances to benefit a summer camp for children of September 11 victims, Hearts Across the Ocean, the American Cancer Society, Bryan’s Dream FoundationSaving Grace, the Matthew Larson Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Greg Wolf Fund
  • Tours to New Orleans, Hawaii, Canada, England, Italy, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany