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1/21/2020 - Community Chorus Performance date TBD

Please note that the Community Chorus performance has been POSTPONED. We will share the new concert date as soon as it is announced!  Thank you for your understanding!


Community Chorus!
A Collaborative Effort of Southbury Parks & Recreation and Region 15 Schools

In a collaborative project, Region 15 schools and the Southbury Parks and Recreation Department are looking for residents of all ages to participate in a Community Chorus. Members of the Southbury and Middlebury communities are welcome to participate to sing select musical pieces under the direction of music professionals. 

Participation in the chorus, as well as the concert is free and open to all members of the community. Ages 12-112 are invited to join! We invite 4th and 5th grade students to sign up if they are participating with a Parent/Guardian. 

Register here! Southbury Parks and Recreation Department or Call Southbury Parks and Recreation: (203) 262-0633 

Community Chorus organizers include: Michael Ganem, Southbury Parks and Recreation Director; Jeromy Nelson, Region 15’s Director of Fine, Applied and Technical Arts; Michelle Rosen, Southbury Parks and Recreation commissioner; Dr. Carrie Chiappetta, Region 15’s Assistant Superintendent; Kelly Farrell, Region 15 Music teacher; Rebekka Rosen, Southbury resident, 2015 PHS graduate and New Milford Schools Music teacher; and Jim Tornatore, Southbury resident, Newbury Musical Theatre Company co-owner and Music teacher in Ridgefield Public Schools.

“Our goal is to create a community-wide intergenerational event that brings everyone together.  Sharing our talents will create an enjoyable musical experience for all,” said Nelson.

The idea for the Community Chorus was an extension of the Strengthening the Bonds of Our Community event organized last year by Region 15 schools and included members of the Southbury and Middlebury communities; Region 15 administrators, parents, students, teachers, and Board of Education members; local clergy; Southbury Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together (S.M.A.R.T.); the Anti-Defamation League; Cooperative Educational Services; Southbury Business Association; SoFIA (Southbury Faith in Action); Southbury Library; Southbury Board of Selectmen; and a representative from Jahana Hayes office.

“Everyone benefits from school and community partnerships! To see the community embrace and develop the chorus is exciting,” said Chiappetta.

“It is our intentional plan to co-join our voices to become one within our community.  We are excited to lead this new project, garner the public’s support and share what will truly be an inclusive musical performance, ” said Rosen.

Both vocalists and accompanists are sought and sponsorships are available. Those wishing to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and other ways community members can get involved and participate may call Michelle Rosen at (203) 405-6576.