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New Jersey Youth Chorus to Present 'Cantus'

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New Jersey Youth Chorus presents Cantus in concert April 14, 7 p.m. in Bernards High School Performing Arts Center Credits: New Jersey Youth Chorus
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The New Jersey Youth Chorus is proud to announce a concert and workshop by Cantus, hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” The concert will be held on Sunday, April 14th at 7 PM at Bernards High School’s Performing Arts Center, 25 Olcott Ave., Bernardsville, NJ.  The public is invited to attend.  For tickets, call the NJYC at 973 998 5670.   With the purchase of a concert ticket, area music educators are invited to participate in a workshop to be held for NJYC choristers on Monday, April 15, at 6 PM at the Delbarton School’s Performing Arts Center, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ.
 
The Chorus, who regularly hosts visiting youth choirs, such as the Drakensberg Boys Choir from South Africa, the Bach Children’s Chorus from Canada, the Crypt Choir from King's School in Canterbury, England, the Lincoln Boys Choir from Nebraska, Colgate 13 and Ithacapella is looking forward to this event with great anticipation.  Cantus is the recipient of numerous awards, including Chorus America’s highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009), as well as Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award (2011).  Cantus is known around the world for its trademark warmth, blend, and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 15 albums on its own self-titled label.  You can hear and read more about them at http://www.cantussings.org/
 
 
In bringing Cantus to the area, NJYC would like to encourage, promote, and celebrate boys’ singing in choir. Its Young Men’s Ensemble and its Advanced Treble Choir, will also perform during the April 14th concert.
 
The New Jersey Youth Chorus, founded in 1992,  is an auditioned choral program for children in grades one through twelve, divided into five ensembles:  First Steps to Music (grades 1 – 2), Apprentice Chorus (grades 3 – 4), Intermediate Chorus (grades 4-6), Advanced Treble Chorus (grades 7-12), and Young Men’s Ensemble (grades 7 – 12 for changing and changed voices).  The Chorus performs locally, nationally and internationally for community, civic and corporate audiences.  Over one hundred eighty choristers come from almost 40 towns in six counties of New Jersey. 

 
The Chorus performs frequently with many professional ensembles, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Brass at NJPAC in Newark.  They sang at the State Theater’s Gala under Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti.   They were a featured choir at the 2008 and 2012 American Choral Directors Association’s Conference, and the only children’s choir to be invited to sing at Chorus America’s 2009 National Conference. The Chorus has also sung with Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan, appeared on the Today Show, and has sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.   The Youth Chorus has participated in numerous festivals in New Orleans, Hawaii, Canada and England, and has toured Italy, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany.
 
Highlights of their 21st Anniversary Season include performances with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra in Carmen, the New Jersey Youth Symphony in a holiday concert to benefit “Cookies for Kids Cancer”, with Schola Cantorum on Hudson, a performance at Westminster Choir College, the National Anthem at the Red Bulls game, and as an invited choir to the Windy City Festival in Chicago and the Maryland State Boychoir’s Young Men’s Festival.      
 
The choir's "Kids for Kids" mission includes opportunities to perform and assist children’s organizations and charities.  Funds have been raised for a summer camp for children of September 11 victims, Hearts Across the Ocean, for children needing open heart surgery in India, the American Cancer Society, Bryan’s Dream Foundation, for children with brain tumors, and others.  In the fall of 2011, they performed at the Saving Grace Gala in NYC, which benefited the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers.  During the Gala, they premiered a new piece written by Jim Papoulis, specifically for the event.  More recently, they performed for the Matthew Larson Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Gala in NYC.
 
Tickets will be sold for the April 14th concert to the general public at $15. Tickets for all choral directors/music educators will be sold for just $10. All music educators will be specially acknowledged during the concert, and will be listed in our program.   To purchase a $15 or $10 ticket, please call the NJYC office at 973-998-5670 or visit our website at http://www.njyouthchorus.org/.  Any available tickets will be sold at the door, but pre-sales are encouraged.

We are looking forward to seeing many of our neighbors at this exciting musical evening!

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