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Coriste's performance at the Choirs of America 2018 Choral Convergence Festival was nothing short of spectacularThey received the first perfect score in the history of the festival - and the audience response at the concert was jubilant. To quote one audience member:

The New Jersey Youth Chorus was in a class of its own. In addition to a great program, the young women sang from the heart and with passion. There was soul and pride there. They used the full dynamic range, and when the piece called for it, they sang for the rafters with joy in their faces. 

Congratulations to all the choristers, and to Mrs. Joyce!

On Saturday, March 24th, over 100 young singers participated in an elementary workshop hosted by NJYC. The boys and girls, including NJYC's Primo Coro and Coro Vivo, each worked on their own repertoire under the guidance of our two stellar clinicians, Tom Shelton from Westminster Choir College and Fred Meads of the Princeton Boychoir. The day culminated in a concert, in which thefinal piece was a combined performance of One Voice, composed by Tom Shelton. It was a great day!

Coriste and Camerata joined the choirs of Bernardsville Middle School and Bernards High School, along with several other young men and women, for our Young Men's & Young Women's Choral Festival. Co-sponsored by NJYC and Bernards High School, the festival featured guest clinicians Dr. Nicholas McBride of The College of New Jersey and Sun Min Lee from Lehigh University, and culminated in a terrific concert. 

Our 2018 Winter Concert featured all five choirs doing what they do best - and they truly outdid themselves. We also had a special treat; the three girls' choirs came together to sing "Stand Together", the beautiful collaboration from the Team Campbell concert earlier in the year. Videos will be posted as soon as they are available - in the meantime, enjoy the photos!




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!