Music Selection Announced For December Concert

Vivaldi’s Gloria #226
Light One Candle #480
Snowfall #519
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring #529
Patapan #531
Moonlight Sleigh Ride #532
The Lights of Hanukah #564
O Holy Night #584
S’vivon #589
Breath of Heaven #591
Christmas Day (new)
Home for the Holidays (new)

Additionally, we will be practicing “At Last” and “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera for the wedding.

Voices Finishes One Season, Plans Another

VoicesVeronaEssexLogo2015With the conclusion of the Spring Concert, held at Verona Community Center, Verona Voices of West Essex is busy planning for the Fall Season.  Voices has been around since 1947 and has been known in the past as the Verona-Cedar Grove Chorus and the Mastersingers.  It is directed by Denise Bastanza of Verona, and accompanied by Helga Bartus of Montclair.

FB_IMG_1433263292628Summer is a time for the chorus to reorganize their extensive music collection, as well as to select the pieces that will be considered for the fall season.  As with the spring concert just completed, the members will be able to vote on their favorites.  Several members have been with the group for over 35 years.

The group normally consists of 26 to 30 people and altos and tenors are a particular need, but all vocal ranges are welcome.  “You do not have to read music to sing with us,” said Thomas Jung, President.  “Our rehearsal schedule and online resources provide ample time for everyone to learn the music.  The rehearsals are relaxed and fun.”  Concerts and benefits are held in May and December.

Although Voices rehearses in Verona, its performance venues are geographically diversified: Cambridge Crossings in Clifton; Waterview Center and Community Church in Cedar Grove; Hillwood Terrace, Community Center, and High School in Verona; Woodland Valley and JCC in West Orange; Marian Manor in Caldwell, and many other places.  You do not have to reside in Verona to be a member.  Members come from as far away as Clifton and Livingston, and the rehearsal location is convenient to many towns, right off of Bloomfield Avenue near Verona Park.

Voices is a not-for-profit organization supported by dues, ticket sales, ad booklet sales, and contributions.  An open house is being planned for Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm followed by the first rehearsal.  For details, visit or contact Tom Jung (973-953-3667;

Spring Concert is on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rehearsal Photo Spring 2015The concert will be held on Saturday, not the normal Friday, night. It will also be held at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. The starting time has been moved to 7:30pm

Advance sale of tickets is recommended. Tickets are $10.  Seniors and Students $5.  Email to or call 973-953-3667.

New Spring 2015 Season – Rehearsals Start February 3

There will be a meet and greet open house at 7pm on February 3rd, with refreshments.

We have been around for 65 years, with various names, but always based in Verona or Cedar Grove. Members come from as far away as Clifton or Fairfield, but all are welcome. We rehearse every Tuesday night of the season from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at HB Whitehorne Middle School in Verona (Music Room – enter the door near Chase Bank, Verona Municipal Lot #1).

We are usually anywhere from 28 to 32 voices. Denise Bastanza of Verona has been our Director for at least a dozen years and sang with us before that. Helga Bartus of Montclair has been our accompanist for 2 years. We have people who have been with us 30… 35 years. All voices are welcome and we have recently been light on altos.

Audition is very informal… meet with the director during the break of the first rehearsal to confirm voice placement.

There are concerts in May and December, usually at Verona High School or Verona Community Center, but other locations are possible. Each concert is usually preceded earlier in the week by a benefit performance at a nursing home.

The spring season is usually more Broadway and pop tunes. The winter season is seasonal, some jazzy variations on classic Christmas songs, sometimes a piece from Messiah. This spring’s concert is being put together from requests by the members. In addition to the piano, we have had drums, trumpets, flutes, etc.

Concert Tonight – 12/12

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ADL Writing Services
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Harmony Singers
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Mieles Restaurant
Phil’s Bakery and Caterers
Redwood Realty
Rich Powers
Salugo Bistro
Sue Cook
Terry’s Pharmacy
The Lotus Spa & Tea
Twin Method Cleaners
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Verona Diner
Verona Leather and Shoe Repair
Verona Spine & Wellness Center
Villani Chiropractic Center

Open House Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We will have an open house for interested new singers at 7pm in the Music Room of HB Whitehorne Middle School, 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, followed by the first rehearsal of the new season.  Light refreshments.  For questions, call tom at 973-953-3667 or email

Concert and Benefit Information – Spring 2014

Our concert will be at  Verona High School at 8pm on Friday, May 9th.  Performers should arrive at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $10, with Students and Seniors $5.  Tickets available at the door.  Refreshments available at intermission.

Our benefit will be at Waterview Center,  536 Ridge Rd, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 on Tuesday, May 6th.  Performers should arrive at 6:30 if possible.  After the benefit we will go to Community Church, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 to continue with a rehearsal.  I’m not sure at this time that it makes sense to carpool, since we will not be returning to HB Whitehorne.  We should cancel our space at HBW on May 6th.

Concert Dress:
Women: Black short sleeve, Black long pants or skirt, Pearls
Men: Black or dark pants, White long sleeved shirt, Pastel tie (provided)