Chatham, NJ--In a joyous appearance in the East Room of the White House, Bridgewater resident Crystal Zhang was part of the New Jersey Youth Chorus (NJYC) that performed a festive two-hour set under the sparkling lights of the annual Holiday Open House Dec. 3.  

This was a once-in-a-lifetime performance for the choral students, who are members of Coriste, NJYC’s advanced premier ensemble for girls in grades nine to 12. 

“Performing at the 'People's House’ was a tremendous honor for the New Jersey Youth Chorus,” said Trish Joyce, NJYC’s Founder and Artistic Director. “We were thrilled to share our artistry, integrity, and passion for choral music with the White House visitors. This was an experience our choristers will treasure all of their lives,” she added.

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Coriste, one of NJYC’s five choral ensembles, was selected to perform at the White House following a rigorous application process. Coriste has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Barry Manilow and Queen Latifah at Super Bowl XLVIII.

Founded in 1992, NJYC is an auditioned choral program for girls and boys in grades four through twelve. Members are from 40 towns in seven NJ counties. NJYC rehearses on Mondays at Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street, Chatham NJ.