About Us

History of Voices of Verona and West Essex Inc.

The group has been known by these names since its inception in 1949:
1949-1957 – Verona Choral Society
1957-1969 – Verona Chorus
1969-1976 – Verona-Cedar Grove Chorus
1976-1985 – Mastersingers
1985-2017 – Verona-Cedar Grove Chorus
2017 – Voices of Verona and West Essex Inc.

The group was founded as the Verona Choral Society in 1949. We were sponsored by the Recreation Departments of Verona and Cedar Grove, which provided rehearsal and performance space at no charge and provided some funds for the purchase of music. All other costs, including the salaries of our Director and Accompanist, are paid for out of our own funds.

The most recent manifestation, Voices of Verona and West Essex Inc., is a New Jersey corporation and 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Directors
1949-1950 – Caroline Disbrow
1950-1958 – Rose Kress
1958-1961 – Paul Grammer
1961-1963 – William Wetzel
1963-1964 – Paul Grammer
1964-1968 – Warren Schmoll
1968-1969 – Robert Weitz
1969-1970 – Dwight Liller
1970-1972 – Jan Meyel
1973 – Steve Roberts
1973-1974 – Jean Gilbert
1975 – Bob Bartley
1975-1976 – David Dietz
1976- 1977 – Robert Rodgers
1977-1981 – Basia Jaworski
1981-1983 – Mike Makofski
1983-1994 – William Sempier
1995 – Denise Bastanza
1995-1996 – William Sempier
1997-Present – Denise Bastana

Accompanists
1949 – Elsie Casale
1949 – Marie Henneberger
1949 – Dorothy Weier
1950-1953 – Alice Howe
1953-1955 – Evelyn Lickfeld
1955-1957 – Louise Grubb
1957-1960 – Evelyn Lickfield
1960-1976 – Robert Rogers
1976 – Katherine Coulter
1977 – Robert Coursen
1977-1978 – Katherine Coulter
1978 – Vicky Rosenblatt
1979 – Faith Hayden
1979-1996 – Alice Cotton
1996 – William Simon
1997-2001 – Annette White
2001-2003 – Ann Socha
2004 – Matt Anderson
2004-2006 – Katherine Lee
2006-2009 – Miles Fellenberg
2009-2013 – Paul Villarreal
2013-Present – Helga Bartus

Presidents
1949 – Claude Valentine
1950 – Paul Bortel
1952 – Neil McLaren
1953-1954 – George Towne
1955 – Fred Merdinger
1959-1960 – Sue Towne

1972-1973 – Evelyn Landgraf
1973-1975 – Lynn Vincent
1975-1977 – Rachel Brady
1977-1978 – Victor Quinn and Elizabeth Santangelo
1978 – Betsy Santiago
1978-1980 – Victor Quinn
1981-1983 – Ruth Ribar
1983-1994 – Linda Bartell
1995-2009 – Joyce Liebelt
2009-Present – Thomas Jung

Comments are closed.