Coriste ("choir sisters" - koh-ree-stay) is the top performing choir for girls' voices in the New Jersey Youth Chorus. Coriste is made up of girls in grades 9-12. Directed by Founder and Artistic Director Trish Joyce, the goals for each chorister are two-fold: musical and personal. Musical goals include increasing each chorister’s abilities to sight-read, analyze scores, develop her vocal technique, and expand her knowledge and performance of outstanding choral literature. Personal goals include goal-setting, teamwork, self-discipline, poise, self-confidence, commitment, hard work and pride in achievements. All of these are accomplished in an environment of caring, fellowship, camaraderie and joy.
Coriste rehearses each Monday from 6:15-8:30pm. Additional rehearsals may also be held as needed during the season..
Coriste performs in both of NJYC's annual concerts, as well as 6 – 10 additional concerts and collaborations with musical, corporate or civic organizations throughout the season. They perform frequently with well known professional ensembles, regularly host visiting youth choirs, and entertain for children’s organizations and charities through NJYC's “Kids for Kids” initiative.
Highlights of past performances include:
- “America the Beautiful” with Queen Latifah at the Super Bowl
- Performance with 6-time Grammy Award winners The Chieftains
- Recording of works by internationally known composer Z. Randall Stroope (at the composer’s request)
- Collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Brass at NJPAC in Newark
- The State Theater’s Gala under Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti
- Featured choir at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 American Choral Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conference
- Performance for the 2016 ACDA National Children's and Youth Choir Conductors' Retreat
- Performing Arts Educators High School Festival at Carnegie Hall
- The only children’s choir to be invited to sing at Chorus America’s 2009 National Conference
- Performance with Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan
- Appearance on the Today Show
- A Festival at Carnegie Hall
- Hosting visiting youth choirs, such as Cantus, the premier men’s ensemble in the United States, the Drakensberg Boys Choir from South Africa, the Bach Children’s Chorus from Canada, the Crypt Choir from King's School in Canterbury, England, the Lincoln Boys Choir from Nebraska, Colgate 13 and Ithacapella
- Outreach performances to benefit a summer camp for children of September 11 victims, Hearts Across the Ocean, the American Cancer Society, Bryan’s Dream Foundation, Saving Grace, the Matthew Larson Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Greg Wolf Fund
- Tours to New Orleans, Hawaii, Canada, England, Italy, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany