Building Community One Note at a Time

Noah Blocker-Glynn, Artistic Director


For Immediate Release:

Greater New Haven Community Chorus to Present Series of Choral Workshops

New Haven, CT – February 26, 2014 – Greater New Haven Community Chorus will present a series of choral workshops to take place from April through July.  The series of four workshops will feature leading choral conductors from Connecticut, and award-winning composer Jake Runestad.

The first workshop on Wednesday, April 2, “Ritmica: A Unique Approach to Rhythm” led by Chelsea Tinsler will encourage participants to develop a deeper concept of rhythm as a musical and choral element.  Ms. Tinsler has a wide variety of musical interests, having studied classical percussion, and contemporary and chamber music. She has performed with the New Britain Symphony, Nutmeg Symphony, Valley Swing Shift Big Band, musical theater pit orchestras, and steel drum bands. She has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  Ms. Tinsler is currently completing her B.M. in percussion performance and music education at The Hartt School, University of Hartford as a student of Benjamin Toth.

The second workshop, “Reading Session:  An Evening with Award-winning composer Jake Runestad featuring his work I Will Lift Mine Eyes will take place on Wednesday, May 28.  Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen sight reading skills with a conductor who has worked with student, volunteer, and professional ensembles across the U.S.A.  An advocate of new music, he has conducted the premiere of several of his own works.  Mr. Runestad is noted for his versatility and wide range of expressive capabilities with music driven by soaring melodies, driving rhythms, and lush textures.  Mr. Runestad has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Seraphic Fire vocal ensemble.  He has been commissioned by Greater New Haven Community Chorus to compose a choral work to be performed at its spring concert in May to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Mr. Runestad travels extensively to work with musicians of all levels and often gives master classes on composing and the music business.

On Tuesday, June 28, “Sing-In: Masterwork Sing with Gabriel Löfvall ~ Haydn’s Missa Brevis in B-flat” will take place.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with one of Connecticut’s finest conductors.  Mr. Löfvall is a conductor, pianist, and tenor who holds two Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) in piano performance under Luiz de Moura Castro, and in Choral Conducting under Dr. Edward Bolkovac.  He is presently a doctoral candidate there.

The final workshop, “Real Men Sing:  A choral workshop for male singers, with Noah Blocker-Glynn” will take place on Tuesday, July 22.  Led by GNHCC’s artistic Director, Noah Blocker-Glynn, male participants will be encouraged to discover and hone some of basic skills in tone production, vowel formation, and listening for tuning.

For more details on workshop leaders, registration information, workshop locations, fees and discount packages – please visit  All workshops in this series will require pre-registration.

Greater New Haven Community Chorus consists of approximately 100 voices and draws its membership from throughout the greater New Haven area.  GNHCC strives to embrace the wide diversity of the community and is committed to making quality music accessible and approachable for audiences and members alike.  Greater New Haven Community Chorus was founded in 1963 as a venture in community singing and continues to perform with pride and distinction.

For more information about GNHCC, please visit or email: [email protected].


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Katherine McManus
President, GNHCC Board of Directors
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