Rehearsals begin 1/23

Join us at the open house, Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm in the music room of HBW Middle School, 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona.  Rehearsal follows.  See other post for our Spring Music Selection.  All singers welcome!

Music Selection for Spring 2018

The following music was selected for the Spring 2018 concert:

  • Joy in the Morning (#463)
  • Lullabye (#714)
  • He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother (#505)
  • Fiddler on the Roof Medley (#805)
  • This is My Word (#631)
  • Hallelujah (new—no number assigned)
  • Amazing Grace (#618)
  • I See a Star (new – no number assigned)
  • Allelujah – Motet Exultate Jubilate, Mozart (#518)
  • Ahrirang – Korean Folk Song (#542)
  • Getting’ in the Mood (#760)

We will attach YouTube clips when possible.

Also being considered is “When You Believe” from “Prince of Egypt”. If this is not acceptable, another song from our inventory will be performed.

Singing in a Chorus has benefits for body and mind

Did you know that Choral Singing has benefits for mind and body, including improved immune systems?  Author Daniel Pink discusses the benefits below:

From the transcript of “Face the Nation” interview (12/24/17) with author Daniel Pink

JOHN DICKERSON: How timing works when you’re working with lots of other people as well.

DANIEL PINK: Yeah. Well, there’s some really, really interesting research on how teams synchronize things like choirs, rowing teams, delivery services. And one of the things that is so interesting about our nature is that it seems that coordinating with other people, being in sync and in time with other people is something fundamentally human about that. And– and we have a propensity for it. And one of the things that’s so interesting about that, if you look at, let’s take exercise as an example. Exercise is absolutely good for you, right? It makes you– it boosts your mood, it’s a prophylactic against depression, it reduces– it helps controls your weight, it’s all good. Well, there’s kind of new exercise out there and it’s choral singing of all things. Choral singing has benefits that are just extraordinary at the physiological level and the psychological level. It is useful for cancer patients, it improves your immune response, it boosts your mood, so there’s something about synchronizing with other people that makes us feel good. It also helps– when kids do synchronous activities, they actually afterwards are a little bit more, what social psychologists call pro-social, that is they will– will play with kids who aren’t like them, they’re more likely to cooperate, they’re more likely to help.

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Music Selection for Fall 2017

Cantate Cannon
Christmas In About 3 Minutes
Christmas Joy
A Hanukkah Remembrance
Celebrate The Feast Of Lights
Hanukkah Dedication
Beautiful Snow
Slow Rockin Christmas
A Little Child Will Come To Lead Us
Do You Hear What I Hear
Amid The Cold Of Winter


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Spring Concert is Saturday, May 20th

Please join us for our Spring Concert on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30pm at the Verona Community Center in the Ball Room. The VCC is located at 880 Bloomfield Avenue. Tickets at $10, with a discounted price of $5 for seniors and students.

Again we are directed by Denise Bastanza and accompanied by Helga Bartus. The program features the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern. Also featured are pop songs and a musical tribute to Willy Wonka.

Our Fall season will start in late September, and new singers in all voices are always welcome.

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