Camerata

Picture of Camerata on stage

Camerata (“friend, comrade” – Kah-mah-rah-tah) promotes collegiality and fosters collaboration among young men through song.  The ensemble, for young men in grades 7-12 with changing and changed voices, rehearses Mondays from 6:15-8:15pm at the Chatham United Methodist Church. The Camerata members are dedicated to learning significant amounts of vocal technique, aural skills, sight-singing skills, and…

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Primo Coro

Under the Direction of Hannah Nacheman Primo Coro (“first chorus” – pree-moh koh-ro) is open to girls in grades 4-5 grade.  Musical concepts are taught based on Kodaly principles, using choral literature, folk songs, folk dance and musical games. Choristers use solfege for melody reading, and the Takadimi system for rhythm reading. Primo Coro rehearses on…

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Sola Voce

Sola Voce (“one voice” – soh-lah voh-chay) is our choir for girls in grades 6-8.  Sola Voce choristers continue to develop a healthy, natural vocal technique while working toward a progressing level of musicianship.  It is our hope that in Sola Voce, girls develop self efficacy, a lifelong love of choral singing and begin to…

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Coro Vivo

Coro Vivo (“lively choir” – koh-ro vee-voh) is designed for boys in grades 4-8 with unchanged voices.  Research shows that male-only choirs are important and beneficial to boys who love to sing, and our Coro Vivo program provides a supportive environment in which the boys can develop their voices and be taken through their changing…

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Coriste

Coriste (“choir sisters” – koh-ree-stay) is the top performing choir for girls’ voices in the New Jersey Youth Chorus. Coriste is made up of girls in grades 9-12. Directed by Founder and Artistic Director Trish Joyce, the goals for each chorister are two-fold: musical and personal.  Musical goals include increasing each chorister’s abilities to sight-read, analyze scores,…

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Phillip Steffani: Principal ​Accompanist​

Phillip Steffani graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in Theory and Composition, with organ and voice concentrations. Phillip has performed with the great orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and London Philharmonic. Before attending Westminster, Phillip studied piano with Peter Takacs at the…

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Joanna Scarangello: Coro Vivo Program Director

Ms. Scarangello received her Master of Arts in Music Education from Montclair State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lycoming College. She is currently employed by the Mount Olive School District, where she serves as the Choral Director for the 340+ member middle school choral program and serves as an Assistant…

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Matthew LaPine: Camerata Program Director

Matthew J. LaPine is an active performer, educator, conductor, and composer in central New Jersey. He received the designation Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he studied voice and graduated with distinction. He also received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster,…

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