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Camerata had the unique opportunity to take part in the Salzburg Choral Festival, Jubilate Mozart! The festival featured a large chorus consisting of top choirs from across North America. Choristers rehearsed for three days, while also taking in the sites of historic Salzburg and some Sound of Music filming locations. The grand finale was a concert on Saturday night, June 30 in the stunning Salzburg Cathedral, where Mozart composed Coronation Mass in C Major.
Coriste spent 10 days in the United Kingdom in July. They explored Wales before participating in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod competition. After competing the choir continued touring the United Kingdom, making their way to London from where they returned home. It was a wonderful trip!
Our middle school girls choir headed down to Jacksonville, Florida at the end of June for the River City Choral Music Festival, hosted by the Jacksonsville Children's Chorus. They performed at the St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church on Fleming Island on June 26th, and at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville on June 27th. In addition to some wonderful performances, the girls bonded as friends and choir family - what NJYC is all about!
Coro Vivo performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Manhattan Concert Productions Children's Festival Chorus. The concert included Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo, as well as selections from Haydn's Creation performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, Children's Festival Chorus, soloists and the New York City Chamber Orchestra with conductors Henry Leck and Bruce Chamberlain. The performance also featured the National Festival Chorus, led by conductor Z. Randall Stroope, performing Dan Forrest’s The Music of Living, Stroope's Consecrate the Place and Day, and more.
Our May concert is the culmination of the season. As always, it was an emotional event, with a special performance by the graduating seniors - some of whom have been with us for 10 and 11 years.
This year's concert was a true masterpiece, with each ensemble performing at their best.
Videos will be posted as soon as they are available. In the meantime, here are some photos.
Coriste's performance at the Choirs of America 2018 Choral Convergence Festival was nothing short of spectacular. They 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!