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About the New Jersey Choral Consortium
The New Jersey Choral Consortium is an association created to help choral organizations in New Jersey develop and grow by sharing information, fostering cooperation and supporting choral arts education. The Consortium promotes public awareness of choral arts organizations and understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of choral music.
Incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 2010, the consortium is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization. The consortium currently has 35 member choruses from all over New Jersey, representing choirs of all types and sizes—SATB, women’s, men’s, professional, and children’s choirs. The consortium welcomes new members from choral groups statewide. Chorus representatives include chorus music directors, executive directors, board members and members interested in fostering cooperation and collaboration among choruses.
The New Jersey Choral Consortium was presented the Outstanding Arts Advocate Award of 2015 by Morris Arts for the consortium's work in sharing resources and information as well as encouraging collaboration among choruses.
The Consortium's Beginnings
In 2008 several choruses in the Morris and Union County area came together to explore the idea of a choral consortium in New Jersey. The group believed that such a consortium would serve as a forum where community choruses could meet, compare repertoire and concert dates, and work together so that all choruses would share information and learn from each other. A task force was appointed to explore criteria for membership, recommend a name, and research information about incorporation.
Follow-up meetings attracted additional choruses from other counties. Participants agreed that the group should be as inclusive as possible, allowing all community choruses, including professional and semi-professional ensembles, children’s choirs, and choirs affiliated with churches and synagogues. The group also agreed that the Consortium should be conceived as a loose-knit statewide organization, breaking into smaller units geographically as appropriate for advertising, marketing, logistics, and so on. The Consortium was further defined, its mission and by-laws were written, and a web site set up over the course of the next two years. Today the New Jersey Choral Consortium consists of 35 choruses statewide.
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