Here’s an NPR piece about singing in a choir that predates my book. I don’t know how I missed it when I was doing my research. My favorite point that writer and NPR commentator Michelle Mercer makes:
“When you submit to an ensemble, streamlining your own voice to the mass of sound around you, you lose your ego and your sense of separation from others. That’s singing’s deepest, most convincing happiness, I think, the real reason choristers keep coming back for more.”
I couldn’t agree more. Michelle sings with the Harmonium Choral Society in Morristown, NJ. I’ve posted about them before. They are a wonderful group. If you go to their site, click on the link to a video about what it was like to perform Annelies.
This seems to be my week to hear about choral groups in New Jersey. I’ve talked about the fact that there’s a group for anyone, and the Concord Singers is a women’s community chorus that you don’t have to audition in order to join! Their first open sing and rehearsal is on Monday, September 8th.
And, in case those groups are not convenient, or they rehearse on a night that doesn’t work for you, the Vocal Area Network includes links to singing groups in New Jersey (and Connecticut). There are a ton of them.
New York City as seen from the Staten Island Ferry. I live in there.