On Friday, April 30, 2010, the New Jersey Youth Chorus and Dance Innovations hosted S.O.U.L -- Singers of United Lands, comprised of musicians from Estonia, Polynesia, Venezuela and Haiti, for an evening of trans-cultural music and dance. The concert was held at Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place, Morristown, NJ. Part of the proceeds from the concert were donated by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and Dance Innovations towards scholarship money for underprivileged and special needs children who would like instruction in one of the arts - music, dance or visual arts. Proceeds were also donated toward relief efforts in Haiti. A total of $1,400 was donated toward The Dawn Brancheau Charitable Memorial Fund in Haiti and toward local scholarships for underprivileged children in our area.
The New Jersey Youth Chorus, founded in 1992, is an auditioned choral program for children in grades two through twelve, divided into four ensembles: Advanced (grades 7-12), Young Men's Ensemble (grades 7 - 12 for changing and changed voices), Intermediate (grades 4-6), and a Musicianship Class (grades 2-4). The Advanced 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 Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti, composer of television and movie themes, including Rocky. The Chorus has sung at the American Choral Director's Eastern Division Convention, and at the National Chorus America Conference in Philadelphia. They have also sung with Ronan Tynan, and appeared on the Today Show. The Advanced Chorus has participated in numerous festivals in Hawaii, New Orleans, Canada, England, and in 2007, toured Italy. The Chorus 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, and the Lincoln Boys Choir from Nebraska. The choir's "Kids for Kids" mission includes performances in the community to benefit local children's charitable organizations. They have also performed at a benefit for Hurricane Katrina. For more information about the Chorus or upcoming concerts, please visit their website at www.njyouthchorus.org or call 908-342-1830. Auditions will be held on June 19, 2010. Please e-mail for an audition appointment.
S.O.U.L. - Singers of United Lands is a touring group of four professional singers from 4 different countries, Estonia, Polynesia, Venezuala and Haiti. S.O.U.L.'s mission is to develop international and cultural relationships through vocal music from around the world. S.O.U.L. provides workshops, presentations, performances and lessons for audiences of all ages during a 5-month tour through the USA. The singers focus on international vocal music, world history and linguistics from their four native countries. 9 Dance Innovations, celebrating 23 years of dance, excellence in the arts, innovative training and service to the community for those less fortunate is run under the artistic direction of Susan McCutcheon Coutts. The studio's philosophy is carried out so that the passion of dance reaches all areas of the community. Dance Innovations prides itself in the art and science of dance therapy for the physically and exceptionally challenged. This goal is reached by mainstreaming students with special needs into the regular class curriculum. They also have several performing groups which provide excellent opportunity for the students to experience the process of audition, rehearsal, and the reward of performance. These groups are for serious students at all levels. Show opportunities include retirement facilities such as Franciscan Oaks, fundraising benefits such as the annual Nutcracker in which the performance supports such programs as the Children's Specialized Hospital, Methany Medical & Educational Center, Lyons Veteran Hospital in Basking Ridge, Leukemia, Autism and Breast Cancer walks, national competitions and many more. Our dancers also have performed at Walt Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studios, Sea World, the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, NJPAC, Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC,"Stars of Tomorrow"- Dancers Responding to Aids and on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.