Summit Chorale is one of the oldest and active choral organizations in the state of New Jersey. During the 2008-2009 season, the chorale celebrated its 100th year and entered its second century of vibrant repertoire and musical performances led by artistic director, Dr. Thomas Juneau.
Aside from performing masterpieces of choral literature, the Summit Chorale also presents music from both contemporary composers and various new musical techniques. The chorale strives for excellence that will not only appeal to a wide audience but challenge its singers as well.
Recently, performed works include Brahms Schicksalslied, Whitacre's Cloudburst, Bach's Cantate Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, Lauridson's O Magnum, Corigilano's Fern Hill, Mysterium and Conte's setting of Silent Night.
Dr. Juneau, artistic director of the organization, is committed to bringing excellent choral music to all kinds of people. Aside from this, he also performs with a variety of ensembles in the Northeast as well as functions as the director of Choral Activities at Saint Joseph?s University where he teaches and conducts all choirs.
A volunteer chorus organization, members of the Summit Chorale is a mixture of well-qualified amateurs and active professional soloists. Since the chorale's philosophy is to provide solo performances, soloists are encouraged to audition. Members provide the majority of work required to run the organization. Volunteering efforts include fundraising projects, publicity, ticket sales, concert staging and program publication. Voted by the regular members, the Board of Trustees is composed of community leaders and singing members.
The Summit Chorale attracts talented singers who wish to be successful in life by offering enlightened interpretations of a huge selection of repertoire, and cultivating appreciative audiences in the northern and central New Jersey communities. It aspires to be the center of musical success for discerning listeners and serious singers throughout the entire state.