The Jefferson Arts Committee is pleased and excited to announce that James Wynne will be the new director/accompanist of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus beginning with the fall 2018 season.

Wynne comes to the chorus with an extensive and impressive background, having just retired as the choral music director and instructor of music technology at Jefferson Township High School since 1983. He is currently the director of music and organist at Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham, and continues to serve as the music technology coordinator and clinician for New Jersey Music Educators In-Service.

A well-respected educator and musician, Wynne earned his BA in music education at Montclair State University and his MA in educational administration and supervision at William Paterson University. In addition, he did graduate study in musical performance (organ) at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and in music education at Boston University. He and Marlene have been married for 44 years and have three sons.

Wynne plans to help the chorus continue to grow musically. The group hopes to attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy the challenge of learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The Jefferson Township Community Chorus, founded in 2001, is one of several performing arts groups under the umbrella of the Jefferson Arts Committee. The chorus has attracted adults and students as well as high school alumni to its ranks over the years. Some members belong to church choirs and want to branch out to more secular music, and others simply enjoy singing. For a brief history of the JTCC, visit http://jeffersonarts.org/chorus_about.html.

The chorus performs in concert at the annual Christmas in the Village event, presents a spring concert, and is often involved in other special events and fundraisers. Through the years, the music has included traditional folk songs, Broadway show tunes, sacred music, ethnic tunes, popular songs, and classical compositions. Under former directors (most recently Cherwyn Ambuter, an accomplished pianist and music instructor), the chorus has tackled some challenging pieces and exceeded its own expectations.

The chorus will begin rehearsing on September 11 from 7:30-9:00 in the high school chorus room and continue on Tuesday evenings until June.

Adults and high school students who enjoy singing a variety of musical styles are encouraged to join in September/October for the fall/winter season and in February/March for the winter/spring season. Tenors, basses, sopranos, and altos are welcome. Neither auditions nor previous singing experience are required. Annual dues per season are collected to help defray the general operating expenses of the group, primarily the purchase of quality copyrighted music and the director’s stipend.

A “Meet the Director” evening for current, past, and prospective members is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21; details will be announced soon. This event will be a great opportunity to meet Wynne and fellow singers prior to the start of the fall/winter season. Information will be posted on Facebook (Jefferson Arts Committee), on www.jeffersonarts.org, and in local online and print news sources. For more information, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org or call 973-697-3828.

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