We are delighted that Artistic Director Heather Mitchell, DMA, is leading us for the fifth consecutive season and is helping us plan this year’s spectacular 60th anniversary celebration.
At our two annual 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.
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 friends, including 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.
We are grateful for major financial support from:
Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission
The Chorus appreciates the financial and in-kind support of area businesses.
Please consider adding your voice to the chorus by joining these generous area businesses in support of our music and our mission. To donate, you may either click the “Donate” button on our home page, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways you can help.