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Shrewsbury Chorale Events
Board of Governors
Neil Brown Neil F. Brown ~ Music Director
John Balme  ~ Accompanist
Alden Hammond  ~ Chorale Founder
Paul O. Grammer ~ Laureate Conductor
History of Our Music Directors and Conductors
President Steven Leech
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Vision & Mission Statements
Vision statement:
Experience the joy of live performance
Mission Statement:
The mission of the Shrewsbury Chorale is to present the highest quality performances of diverse choral music to the entire community, including those unable to attend public concerts, and to develop its members' talents by providing a challenging musical environment.
History
The Shrewsbury Chorale is a mixed chorus and performs a varied repertoire in an annual series of subscription concerts in addition to performances for various community organizations.  Having completed our 50th season in June 2007, the Chorale has flourished under the distinguished leadership of many excellent conductors including founder Alden Hammond, and his successor, laureate conductor Paul O. Grammer, as well as Frank Archer, Larry Newland, Brian Aschinger, Stephen M. Smith and Anthony LaGruth.

The present membership includes several charter members as well as musicians, teachers, and business people from throughout central New Jersey. The Chorale has established itself as one of Monmouth County's premiere musical organizations, performing a broad repertoire of sacred and secular choral music throughout the state.

 In 1978 the Chorale was selected to represent the State of New Jersey in concert at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and during the 1988-89 season held the position of Artist-in-Residence at Monmouth University.  In 1999 the Chorale performed the U.S. premiere of newly reconstructed masterworks written by Giovanni Gabrieli and others for St. Mark's, Venice in concerts in Boston and New Jersey.

On January 27, 2001, the Chorale was honored to make our Carnegie Hall debut, when we joined with the New York Grand Opera Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Vincent La Selva, in a presentation of the Verdi Requiem in a performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.  We were honored to be invited to once again join with The New York Grand Opera Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Vincent La Selva, in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 and on November 7, 2002 performing in the Triumphal Scene from Aida. On June 16, 2003 the chorale was pleased to perform at Carnegie Hall in a Mid-America Production of Mozart Requiem, conductor Charles Hausmann. On November 30, 2003 the chorale joined the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Zadok the Priest from Handel's Coronation Anthems. Maestro Vincent La Selva invited the chorale to join the New York Grand Opera Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra, in an encore performance of the Verdi Requiem on March 29, 2004. 

Under Anthony LaGruth, Music Director 2002-2015, the Chorale invited former members and past conductors to participate in our 50th Anniversary Concert (2007). A new feature of our concert series was the addition of one yearly concert in partnership with the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Some of the highlights of that collaboration include Brahms’ German Requiem (2004 & 2014); Orff’s Carmina Burana (2005); Mozart’s Requiem (2006 & 2012) and Coronation Mass (2015); J.S Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (2007); Handel’s Messiah (2008 & 2010); Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (2008) and The Creation (2010); Faure’s Requiem (2009); Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2011); Verdi’s Requiem (2013); Rutter’s Requiem (2015) and more. As a community service, part of the proceeds of our March 2014 concert featuring Brahms’ Requiem, Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, and Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw (2014) was donated to the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College.

The 2015-16 Season was led by Interim Conductor, Mark C. Cook, and Guest Conductor, Neil F. Brown. Mr. Brown is our permanent Music Director as of August, 2016. As director, Maestro Brown conducted our December 2016 Many Moods of Christmas concert. He also led our 60 th Anniversary Concerts (spring 2017) which included a reprise of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, performed in our very first 1957 season. The program also featured Whitbourn’s Requiem Canticorum, and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day with soloists and chamber orchestra.