With 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.
Summer 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 www.VeronaVoices.org or contact Tom Jung (973-953-3667; firstname.lastname@example.org).