New Jersey Choral Society
Now celebrating its 36th season of passion, excellence, and imagination, the New Jersey Choral Society is one of the most prestigious choral groups in the state, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. Since its founding in 1980, NJCS has expanded from a fledgling group of about 20 choristers to an ensemble of nearly 100 auditioned singers from around the tri-state area. The New Jersey Choral Society performs under the baton of dynamic conductor Eric Dale Knapp, accompanied by Linda Sweetman-Waters.
The New Jersey Choral Society’s repertoire is among the most diverse in the area, each season providing exciting musical opportunities and experiences for both singer and audience member. The NJCS annual program consists of a holiday concert in December, a concert of popular music, such as Broadway, American standards and jazz, in February or March, and a late spring concert of major choral masterpieces and classical selections. NJCS enjoys the privilege of sharing the stage with many exceptional performers, often collaborating with other choral groups, children’s choirs, soloists, instrumentalists, and dancers who create a unique concert experience with each performance. Recently, an initiative by Mr. Knapp to feature new music has resulted in the presentation of world premieres of works by Joakim Seidevall, Terre Johnson, Frederick Ryan, Rita Blacker, and Ed Lojeski.
Ever expanding its horizons outside of northern NJ, the New Jersey Choral Society has performed with Mr. Knapp at festivals in Normandy, Paris, London, Sydney, Vienna, Beijing and Shanghai, and enjoyed a solo performance tour of the Czech Republic and Germany. The choir has also performed at the White House and made several Carnegie Hall appearances.
The New Jersey Choral Society exists to serve the Community, the Membership
and the Art with passion, imagination, and a commitment to excellence.
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