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NJYC hosted some special guests for a "Kids for Kids" performance to benefit the Brooke Heale Foundation.  NJYC's Sola Voce & Primo Coro, members of the Grace Episcopal Church Chapel Choir, Daughters of Zion, and the Spotlight Kids Company raised $1,275 for this very worthy cause.

The Brooke Healey Foundation was created to build awareness and raise funds for research in DIPG; to help families dealing with pediatric cancers, especially brain cancers and DIPG;
to foster supportive community relationships and to promote involvement through scholarships awarded to civically active high school seniors.

NJYC's 25th Anniversary Season Spring Concert demonstrated the depth and breadth of NJYC's repertoire. With songs sung in Spanish, French, Latin, Hebrew, and even Japanese, and ranging from a Traditional Sea Chantey to a Spiritual to Trolls by Clifford Crawley, the performances delighted the audience, while also highlighting the range in repertoire to which each of our choristers is exposed.  Coriste even performed a song using both words and American Sign Language!

GETMusic! stands for “Girls Empowered Through Music!”  This all-girl festival was hosted by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) and led by Festival Conductors Mr. Vincent Metallo and Dr. Elizabeth Parker. The girls of Primo Coro spent the day singing great music with other girls, culminating with a concert that featured the Festival Choir and the world-renowned Pennsylvania Girlchoir.  It was a great day of singing!

Choristers in Coro Vivo and Sola Voce had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to participate in the MCP Children's Choir Series Festival. The three day festival included three intense rehearsal sessions, followed by a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on stage at the Kennedy Center.  They also had the chance to sightsee around Washington DC at sites like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museum and the White House. 

It is events like this that make being a part of NJYC such a special experience.

Congratulations to Coriste for another fantastic performance!  Our high school girls choir was privileged to be one of four choirs invited to perform at the 2017 Organization of American Kodály Educators annual conference in Philadelphia, and they did a terrific job. To quote one of the audience members, "Congratulations to Trish Joyce and the New Jersey Youth Chorus for an incredible performance at the OAKE National Conference today!! The girls were fabulous!! Excellent program!!" 

The Elementary Music Division of the North Jersey School Music Association and NJYC presented an enlightening workshop for elementary level choral music educators.  Sessions included: Drum Circle Fun with clinician Janelle Heise, Folk Dances for Elementary Music Class with clinician Missy Strong, and Technology in the Elementary School Classroom with clinician Amy Burns. Trish Joyce, NJYC's Founder and Artistic Director, also presented an Elementary Choral Reading Session with NJYC's Primo Coro, directed by Jodie Adessa.

NJYC has just been selected as a finalist for the American Prize! We are among only 8 other choirs chosen in the Choral Performance: Youth and High School Chorus Division. Congratulations to Trish and all the Directors, and to our fantastic choristers!

The American Prize is a prestigious national performing arts competition. You can find more information - and watch for the winners announcement - here: https://www.facebook.com/The-American-Prize-celebrating-Am…/

Very exciting!

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