A different kind of season
Like many other arts organizations, NJYC has been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. While things look a little different this season, the heart of our mission remains the same — to nurture our choristers, providing them with a space in which they can grow, learn, and thrive.
While we have missed performing for live audiences, we have stayed busy with weekly online rehearsals, learning new repertoire, and strengthening musicianship skills. NJYC's Rehearsal Guest Series has brought many wonderful lecturers and clinicians to us from all over the country. Professional musicians, conductors, composers, and professors have joined us to discuss topics like vocal technique, breathing, vocal anatomy, music technology, overtone singing, synesthesia, and Alexander technique, in genres ranging from opera and musical theater to contemporary choral and American folk music.
We have also produced two virtual choir concerts. Our 2020 virtual spring concert premiered in June and honored our graduating seniors, and the enduring spirit of our choristers as the world turned upside down. Our Winter 2020 concert, Somewhere in My Memory, harkened back to happier times of togetherness and celebration, as we looked forward with hope to the new year.
We hope you'll continue on this journey with us, as we continue to find new ways to adapt our program to the needs of today while preparing for the ever-hopeful tomorrow. Until we meet again...
"There are only a few moments in your life that are truly musically life-changing. This was one of them."
Audience member at Coriste's performance at the 2016 American Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference in Atlantic City
"NJYC has allowed me an open space where I’ve made lifelong connections through our shared love of making music. The choir has allowed me a place to be vulnerable yet still feel safe… Most importantly, NJYC gave me a second home, immense amounts of laughter, my best friends, and will forever be my family."
Emily Kornick, 2020 Graduate, 10-year chorister