In 1965, Ars Musica began as a small community chorus. Now in its fifth decade, Ars Musica continues to offer singers the opportunity to perform a wide variety of great music. Our concerts, which take place in one of Northern New Jersey’s most beautiful venues, West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, frequently feature instrumentalists and/or soloists from the rosters of the Metropolitan area’s renowned opera companies and professional symphony orchestras.
Recognized as one of the most accomplished choruses in the area, the chorus has regularly been invited to perform as guest artist in such venues as Carnegie Hall (with Opera Orchestra of New York), Columbia University’s landmark St. Paul’s Chapel, and St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. Since 1989, the Chorale has traveled abroad in alternate summers, performing throughout Europe and Great Britain, and recently in St. Petersburg, Russia. A highlight of Ars Musica’s tour of Austria in 2006, Mozart’s commemorative year, was the group’s participation in the Salzburg Choral Festival.
Our performances adhere to the highest standards, as we continue to dedicate ourselves to upholding the heritage of greatness and beauty in choral music. Our rehearsals are distinguished by a genuine sense of camaraderie among the members who come together to sing some of the world’s most beautiful choral compositions.
Our roster includes professional singers and dedicated amateurs, all of whom devote hours each week to rehearsals and supporting activities. Aside from our musical activities, we have a heavy schedule of fund-raising events, to enable us to meet the costs of rehearsal and performing space, administrative costs, and the engaging of professional soloists and orchestra. Many of our members have belonged to Ars Musica for a decade or more, and form the core of this highly cooperative and cohesive group; newcomers are always sought.
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