Harmonium Choral Society will perform in a free concert featuring the Harmonium-sponsored Morristown Neighborhood House Children's Chorus (grades 2-6), the New Jersey Youth Chorus Intermediate Chorus (grades 4-6) and students from the Morristown Neighborhood House guitar program. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, N.J.
The concert will include works by Praetorius, Papoulis, Caldwell/Ivory and Dillworth. The groups will perform individually and together in various creative combinations.
Led by Dr. Anne Matlack, Harmonium founded the Morristown Neighborhood House Children’s Chorus in 2010. Harmonium supports the Morristown Neighborhood House's mission to assist children, families and individuals who are confronting economic/social challenges to become self-sufficient and to provide opportunities for students to participate in cultural, recreational, educational and social programs. To learn more about the Neighborhood House Children’s Chorus partnership program, watch the video posted at http://harmonium.org/index.shtml.
The New Jersey Youth Chorus, founded in 1992, is an auditioned choral program for children in grades two through twelve. NJYC is dedicated to a "Kids for Kids" theme, whereby the chorus seeks opportunities to perform and assist children’s organizations and charities. They have helped raise funds for children of 9/11 victims, for children needing open heart surgery in India, and have participated in fundraising for The Matheny School and the American Cancer Society. For more information about the NJYC, visit http://njyouthchorus.org/default.aspx.
Tara Postigo, Director of the NJYC Intermediate Chorus, received her Bachelor of Music from The College of New Jersey and her Master of Arts in Music and Music Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. For the last ten years Tara has taught Choral, General and Instrumental Music as a Music Educator in the Washington Township School District, Long Valley, N.J.
Dr. Anne Matlack, Artistic Director of Harmonium since 1987, is also organist and choir director at Grace Church in Madison. Dr. Matlack has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. Dr. Matlack was named 2003 Outstanding Arts Professional by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. Under her leadership, Harmonium received national recognition in 2009 by winning the Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. In 2010 the chorus was selected to perform for the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Philadelphia and was a finalist for the 2010 American Prize for the Arts. In July 2011 Harmonium sang at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region II Convention.
More information about Harmonium is available at www.harmonium.org or by calling 973-538-6969.
Funding has been made possible in part by grants form the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the instrumentalists is graciously provided by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.