At its two annual concerts, the chorus performs the works of major composers spanning all musical genres, while introducing new works and arrangements. For the past two years, an ensemble of Chorus members has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the auditioned 250-voice Masterwork Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.
This fall, the Chorus is delighted to welcome back Artistic Director Heather Mitchell, DMA, for her fourth season,
Now at the threshold of its 60th year, the chorus has grown phenomenally, serving over the decades as a musical home to more than 800 singers. It includes 70 members from Mercer, Hunterdon, Burlington, and Middlesex counties, in New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. But the philosophy of the founders remains the same: 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.
The chorus’s 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, the chorus has hosted Spring into Song. At this annual, multi-group, free concert, the chorus is 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 $50,000, sending 50 happy and grateful TCC singers to top summer music programs.
Financial Support for the Hopewell Valley Chorus
Hopewell Valley Chorus expenses include music purchases and royalties, insurance, honoraria for the director and accompanist, rental of space for rehearsals and concerts, payments to instrumentalists, printing and mailing. Our fall and spring fund drives, along with periodic fundraisers, support all of these costs as well as a $1,000 scholarship, annually awarded to a musically gifted high school senior from the Hopewell Valley who plans to pursue music studies at the college level.
Roughly half of the chorus’ income derives from ticket sales, with another quarter coming from member dues. The balance depends on the generosity of members and concert patrons along with friends, businesses, and community organizations including Hopewell Harvest Fair and Pennington Day.
Additional funding for the chorus has been made possible through funding from the New Jersey Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Endless hours of donated time from members and friends also help defray costs.