Greater South Jersey Chorus is committed to bringing a diverse repertoire of quality choral music to the southern New Jersey region for the purposes of education and entertainment. Area performances have captivated audiences young and old for two decades. As a result, the Chorus has been invited to perform in a number of venues beyond the concert hall. The group’s repertoire includes music of many countries and cultures, performed by the Chorus in a variety of languages, and spanning classical and folk, modern and popular works. Each program is created with the goal of enriching and inspiring our listeners. The following are a sampling of GSJC’s many performances in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
I do not sing because I am happy; I am happy because I sing
– William James
September 2011 – In Memoriam
The Greater South Jersey Chorus participated in a local concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001. The concert was a part of Medford Township’s 9/11 Remembrance on Patriot’s Day.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2009
In April 2009, the Greater South Jersey Chorus was invited to perform at the dedication of the new American Art Wing in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The chorus performed a program of songs based on American music and verse, including several compositions by Dean Rishel.
Katrina Benefit Concert – Carnegie Hall, New York, 2005
In a massed-choir concert held in Carnegie Hall, the Greater South Jersey Chorus joined others in raising funds for the benefit of victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Later in 2005, the GSJC organized and hosted a similar benefit, performing with local jazz musicians and other southern New Jersey choruses.
GSJC and the Catholic Partnership Schools
Greater South Jersey Chorus’ relationship with the Catholic Partnership Schools of the Archdiocese of Camden brings opportunities for musical mentoring to the students of Camden’s Catholic middle schools. GSJC members and youngsters in the Catholic Partners’ combined middle school chorus come together for a Saturday workshop and concert once each fall and again in the spring. Students and adults warm up together, have men’s and women’s sectionals, learn songs together, and evaluate one another’s singing. Adults share their own choral music experiences, and model the ideal of singing as a lifelong activity. Lunch is shared by all, and parents are treated to an informal concert when they come to pick up their children.
At the close of the school year, members of the GSJC join with the CPS choir to perform in a gala musical extravaganza mounted by the Archdiocese. Chorus members volunteer year after year to be part of the CPS program–it brings us great satisfaction to share our love of choral singing with an enthusiastic new generation of musicians.
Random Acts of Culture “Flash Mob” – Philadelphia, October 30
In support of the Knight Foundation’s goal of bringing cultural events to 1,000 cities in the United States, the GSJC joined with the Philadelphia Opera Company and more than twenty-five other area choruses to surprise and delight early holiday shoppers in Macy’s in downtown Philadelphia. Although Macy’s customers are used to shopping to the sounds of the famous Wannamaker organ, they hardly suspected that as the final chords of one song faded, some 680 singers would step out of the crowd and materialize on the surrounding balconies of Macy’s to break into the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s Messiah.