Martin Sedek new musical director of Choral Art Society of NJ.
Date: August 15, 2012
Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, commencing its 51st year of learning and performing choral music masterpieces, takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Martin Sedek as its new Musical Director. A choral musician for over a decade, Martin is currently on the choral and theory faculties at Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music where he serves as Assistant Director of Choral Studies and Visiting Professor of Theory and Aural Skills. Martin is also an award winning composer of choral and orchestral music, sings professionally throughout the NY/NJ area, and maintains a private teaching studio. Martin will begin his PhD in Music Theory and Composition at Rutgers University in 2013.
All singers, high school age and older, former members and new, are invited to come and meet Martin at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, and try us on for size. You can either purchase or borrow music for the evening. Our members are asked to purchase their music and pay membership dues. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M., September through May, at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street in the church’s choir room. The entrance is on Mountain Avenue. For further information, please visit our web site at www.casofnj.org or call 908-654-5737.
We will be preparing to perform a program of Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C; Bob Chilcott’s: Requiem and Handel’s Alleluia Amen from his oratorio Judas Maccabaeus for a concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. There is also an Annual Messiah Sing, this year on Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 PM at St. Anne’s Church in Garwood and a Spring Concert on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
On his appointment Martin spoke of his goals saying, “The Choral Art Society of New Jersey is entering an exciting new phase, one that will deliver a high quality of choral music to our communities. In addition to supporting and nurturing students and young talent, the Society plans on establishing networks between local colleges and universities to offer music students and young professionals the chance to perform with it, providing invaluable experience to the next generation of musicians. The CAS of NJ offers scholarships to talented high school students in the greater Westfield area to encourge young musicians and their talent. The CAS of NJ will also explore a more contemporary repertoire, often pairing similar-themed works in fascinating juxtapositions of era and style, which also provides support and appreciation for today’s composers who are carrying the torches of Mozart and Handel and offering the world the next generation of master works of art for us all to appreciate“.
With members from Union, Somerset, Bergen, Hudson and Middlesex counties, The Choral Art Society is a non-profit community chorus dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.