The Caldwell University Chorale is a mixed voice ensemble of 25 students, faculty and staff, directed by Dr. Laura Greenwald, assisted by accompanist Warren Helms. Chorale members come from as near as Caldwell and as far as Ghana and include music majors, music minors and music lovers. The chorale performs on the Christmas Spectacular! and Music Department Spring concert each year, and sings for all major campus masses and events. In April of 2014 they performed in a choral festival at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Manhattan.
Each fall the chorale serves as the chorus for the Garden State Opera productions, which have recently included L’Elisir D’Amore and Il Campanello (Donizetti), Suor Angelica (Puccini) and L’Oca del Cairo (Mozart.) In 2015 the performance will include Puccini’s Le Villi and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor.In October of 2010, Caldwell students performed major roles in the World Premiere of Il Negozio, a one act opera composed for them by GSO Artistic Director, Francesco Santelli. Our repertoire ranges from choral standards such as Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Bernstein’s “Warm Up” to contemporary works by Ola Gjeilo, Randall Stroope and Darmon Meader.
The Caldwell University Chorale has performed for services at Immaculate Heart of Mary (Wayne), St. John’s Episcopal Church (Montclair), St. Cassian’s Roman Catholic Church (Upper Montclair), First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell and The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Manhattan. The choir was featured in concert on St. Peter’s Concert Series at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells in spring of 2011.
During the 2012 season, the group was selected as the Cantorum Young Singers to perform with Schola Cantorum on Hudson. They performed on concerts at St.Paul the Apostle Church near Lincoln Center in NYC and at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair. It was thrilling to perform the Manhattan premiere of the choral cantata, Thresholds by Andrea Clearfield, and to work with the composer in preparing the piece.
75th Anniversary/University Celebration Mass, Friday September 19, 12PM
Homecoming Mass, Saturday, September 20, 4:00 PM
Garden State Opera Chorus, Sunday, October 26, 4 PM
Christmas Spectacular! Friday, December 5, 8 PM Student Center
• Singing for mass at Immaculate Conception Parish in Montclair, Saturday, February 28, 5:30 PM
• Singing for mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wayne; TBD
• Founder’s Day Mass, Wednesday, March 25, noon, Student Center Auditorium