Our season is comprised of three annual concerts: fall, spring, and a special Spring into Song performance. During our fall and spring concerts, we perform the works of major composers, spanning all musical genres, while introducing new works and arrangements. Our holiday concert featured Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs. At our multi-group Spring into Song concert, on March 29, we expect to reprise the Whitacre for an entirely new audience. On May 30, we will culminate our anniversary celebration with a performance of Carl Orff’s unforgettable masterpiece, Carmina Burana,in the Performing Arts Center at Hopewell Valley Central High School.
In 2017 and 2018, the chorus was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall with the auditioned, 250-voice Masterwork Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. We were thrilled to be invited to return to Carnegie a third time, in June 2019, to perform the Schumann Requiem, conducted by our very own Heather Mitchell. This year, we will return to Carnegie Hall to perform twice with the Masterwork Festival Chorus, first the Fauré Requiem, on March 23, and, on June 8, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
We have grown phenomenally, serving over the decades as a musical home to more than 900 singers. The group includes 80 members from Mercer, Hunterdon, Burlington, and Middlesex counties, in New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The philosophy of the founders remains the same, however: to provide those who love to sing with the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of exceptional music under professional directorship. As always, auditions are not required.
Our tradition of community service continues to evolve. Established in 1973, the Hopewell Valley Chorus Scholarship—now $1,000—is annually awarded to a musically gifted, graduating high school senior who lives in the Hopewell Valley and plans to continue to be musically active, lifelong.
Since 2000, we have hosted Spring into Song. At this annual, multi-group, free concert, we are joined by other local singing groups to perform in support and celebration of the Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC). Through contributions, Spring into Song has raised more than $60,000, sending more than 60 happy and grateful TCC singers to top summer music programs.