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NJYC's high school women's ensemble Coriste was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Youth/High School Choral Performance division of the American Prize!  The American Prize is a prestigious national competition for arts organizations, that recognizes and rewards America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances

Finalists will be announced in the next several weeks, For more information about the American Prize, or to follow the results of the competition, please visit their website

Our Coriste choristers, conducted by our founder and Artistic Director Trish Joyce, did a fantastic job at their performance in Atlantic City.  When the concert ended, music educators in the audience were raving about the performance. "This was the most amazing choir I've ever seen!" "These girls have music in their souls - it shows in their faces and their movements." "Their tone and their vowels were perfect." "They were so true to the music - I wish I could conduct a choir like this."

In perhaps the best comment of all, which sums up NJYC's entire mission:  "There are only a few moments in your life that are truly musically life-changing. This was one of them."

Congratulations to Trish and Coriste on a job well done!

Terrific news!  Six of our Sola Voce choristers have been selected to sing at the ACDA National Convention in Minneapolis this coming March! 

Mia Battistella, Allyson Burkitt, Divya Chiplunkar, Zia Sarkis, and Karmina Wall will be part of the ACDA National Children's Honor Choir (a 5th-9th grade treble choir), under the direction of Joan Gregory.  And Kayla Miller was selected for the Middle School/Junior High Mixed choir (grades 6-9, male and female) conducted by Lynnel Jenkins. 

Congratulations to all!

NJYC's Coriste Ensemble did a beautiful job in their joint concert with the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale.  The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Paul Head, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at UD, made five stops on their fall tour, and we led off the program on October 21st at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church in West Windsor, NJ. It was thrilling to share the program with such a distinguished college choir.  As a special treat, NJYC alum Nicolette Corrado, now a senior Music Education major at UD, conducted Coriste for "Blessing."  

Camerata participated in and performed at the annual Brother's Sing On! festival at the University of Connecticut in October.  The all day festival, open to male singers of all ages, culminated in a 4 PM finale performance, featuring UConn’s all-male a cappella groups the Conn Men and CDN (Completely Different Note), the UConn Men’s Glee Club, the Men of the UConn Concert Choir, and the Brothers Sing On! Festival Chorus, which included Camerata.  It was a great opportunity for the boys, and it was a treat for the audience as well.

Our NJ Youth Choir Collaboration at Montclair State University on October 15th was a smashing success.  NJYC’s Sola Voce, The Apprentice Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus, The Children’s Choir of Sussex County’s Bella Voce, and the Quarter Notes from the Princeton Girl Choir, all participated in a day of workshops and rehearsals.  We wrapped it up with each of the four choirs performing individually, then coming together to perform a song composed for the festival by our clinician, Tom Shelton, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  It was absolutely beautiful, as you can hear:

The boys of our Coro Vivo ensemble performed with the Canadian Brass this past holiday season. The Canadian Brass, one of the most popular brass ensembles today, performs with the utmost dedication, skill and excellence while offering entertainment, spontaneity and fun into their sound. Our Coro Vivo embraced that performance style and joined the Canadian Brass on stage for an incredible performance experience.