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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:…/

Very exciting!

NJYC's Coriste had the honor of performing the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden in December, to kick off the annual Jimmy V. Basketball Classic honoring Jimmy Valvano and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.  And what a performance it was!  As one of the very experienced radio announcers there told Trish, "That is the way the National Anthem is supposed to be sung!" 

Please take off your hats and have a listen: