What is the Heart of New Jersey Chorus?
The award-winning Heart of New Jersey Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is a chorus of female singers ranging in age from their early twenties to 80+. Members are largely from Central Jersey, although all are welcome and some drive from as far as Basking Ridge. Members come from all walks of life, including: RNs, DVMs, Research and Development, CPAs, business owners, banking and advertising experts, homemakers, students, teachers, retirees, retail, you name it! What brings us together is our mutual love of singing and ringing chords, sharing friendship and harmony (pun definitely intended).
How Can I Join the Chorus?
The Chorus welcomes new members. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the chorus, we suggest you attend a rehearsal to see what we're all about.
Will the Heart of New Jersey Perform for my Event?
From Gershwin to Gospel, Show Tunes to Swing, and Ballads to Boogie, the chorus provides residents of New Jersey with entertainment by performing for donations at civic events, for charities, private parties, and at our annual show.
What is Sweet Adelines?
"Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition, and performance." The barbershop style of music is sung in a capella in four part harmony. We are a non-profit organization of tens of thousands of woman singers spread across five continents.
Why Do We Compete?
Heart of New Jersey is a registered not-for-profit organization. We are a member of the Greater New York/New Jersey Region #15 of Sweet Adelines International. Every spring, dozens of choruses compete. There is a quartet competition as well. The purpose of competition is to focus on how well the choruses are preserving the barbershop art form. Each chorus receives feedback from the judges on how well they are capturing the sound, showmanship, and artistry of the art form. The first place chorus and quartet go on to an international competition one year later. The international competition is in a different city every year. Competition is also an exciting opportunity to have fun, show off our talents, and to get together to appreciate the outstanding abilities of our sister choruses.