Christy McElynn's blog

On Saturday, November 18, Coriste, Sola Voce, and Primo Coro, along with select choirs from Bernardsville Middle School, held a "Kids for Kids" concert to benefit the Team Campbell Foundation, a non-profit that works closely with families who are faced with a childhood cancer diagnosis. We are thrilled to say that we raised over $5100 for this important organization!

NJYC was thrilled to host Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir as a clinician for this very special workshop. Zimfira, a highly respected conductor, educator, and adjudicator with a distinguished international reputation, demonstrated her philosophy and approach to building a beautiful children's choral sound at all levels, from elementary through high school. Participants left with creative new ideas for eliciting the rich, vibrant sound that their choirs are naturally capable of producing!

The Children's Choir of Sussex County, the Newark Boy's Choir, and the Princeton Girl Choir joined NJYC's Sola Voce and Coro Vivo for the second annual Intermediate Choir Festival, a day hosted by NJYC that celebrates intermediate children's choirs and developing singers. We welcomed Fernando Malvar Ruiz, the former director of the American Boychoir, as the clinician. 

After a workshop and some fun and games from 9:30 to 3, the day culminated in a concert at 3 PM. Each choir performed their own repertoire, then sang together under the direction of Mr. Malvar-Ruiz. Enjoy!



Several of our Coriste & Camerata juniors and seniors had the experience of a lifetime when NJYC was invited to perform with Barry Manilow at the Prudential Center  They backed him up on Copacabana, I Write the Songs, and It's a Miracle, complete with choreography and some extra vocal touches that Mr. Manilow's team knew our group would be able to handle.  It was truly a spectacular evening! 

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!