Jackson Civic Chorus welcomes new members

Jackson Civic Chorus
welcomes new members

JACKSON — The Jackson Civic Chorus invites residents of Jackson and surrounding communities who are interested in participating in the chorus to attend an open rehearsal on Sept. 14 or Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jackson United Methodist Church, 68 Bennetts Mills Road.

The chorus is beginning the rehearsal season for its spring concert, "The Best of Broadway."

These will be regular rehearsals with the opportunity for prospective members to meet the director, accompanist, and singers. Vocalists of all levels of ability are welcome. For further information, contact Kelly, (732) 367-2671, or Joann, (732) 905-2418.

The Jackson Civic Chorus is a community chorus sponsored by the Jackson Council for the Arts. Artistic director and chorus conductor Margaret Ambrus Eisenschmied encourages interested vocalists of all ability levels to become involved in the music group. The chorus welcomes diversity of ages and musical experience.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Jackson United Methodist Church, 68 Bennetts Mills Road. The group sings primarily English language pieces encompassing a variety of genres, including gospel and spirituals, patriotic, folk, Broadway and show tunes, and classical styles. The chorus presents an annual spring performance for the public and performs at municipal and other civic functions throughout the year. No membership dues are associated with the chorus. The ability to read music is not necessary. There is no need to prepare a piece of music.

People who decide to join will be placed in a section (alto, soprano, tenor, bass) according to their vocal range. High school students (under age 18) who are interested in joining should phone ahead for additional information and requirements.

Now in her second year as artistic director and chorus conductor, Eisenschmied shared her musical talents as piano accompanist for the chorus for five years. She holds a bachelor’s of music education from the State University of New York-Fredonia, a master’s of science in special education from Wagner College, and a sixth year certificate in secondary school supervision and administration from The College of Staten Island. According to a press release, Eisenschmied developed an award-winning choral and vocal training program while teaching music in the Staten Island, N.Y., public schools.

Chorus piano accompanist Will Van-derburg has been playing piano since age 5, and composing music since age 14.

Vanderburg studied music at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. He was the winner of the 1986 North Carolina Young Composer’s Award. He has performed in a variety of settings, including musicals, orchestra and jazz ensemble.

The chorus also welcomes anyone willing to donate time and talent to organizational needs. For further information on how to support or become a member of the chorus, contact Kelly Andrews, (732) 367-2671 net, or Joann Doyle, (732) 905-2418.