“I first joined GNHCC with Ron Konetchy at its helm back in the 80s. It was Christmas time, and I and my sister-in-law Carla wanted to sing fun Christmas carols. Instead, what we got was Mozart’s Dixit Dominus! I was hooked on “real” choral music from that moment on. My children, who were toddlers at the time, listened endlessly to the rehearsal tapes with me and knew all the words. The challenge of learning each semester’s music is invigorating and the concerts always fill me with a great sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and pride. Long live GNHCC!”

-Joanne, Hamden

In the sixteen years since joining the chorus, I have furthered my musical education, made many new friends, performed beautiful music in 40+ concerts, grown tremendously as a person, and even made a career switch. In 2013, I joined the Board of Directors, and my volunteer experience as a Board member was instrumental in helping me find a job in a new career field.”

-Pat, West Haven

“I joined the chorus because I wanted to learn how to sing with other people and to sing harmony. I wanted to learn to be a good alto! I have stayed because of the great eclectic range of interesting and beautiful music we sing each semester; because our director Noah does such a great job of teaching, leading, pushing, and inspiring us; and because the chorus is such a welcoming group to everyone who wants to put in the work to make music.”

-Kim, New Haven

“I love GNHCC because it is my ‘me time’ for the week. I joined when my life was at a pretty high level of crazy- a 6 month old at home and work revving up- and that was the perfect time to join. Singing with GNHCC is the thing in my week that isn’t about any responsibilities or obligations. It’s just about doing something that I love and enjoy and that makes me happy. I look forward to rehearsal every week and will stay in the choir as long as I live in Connecticut!”

-Sara, Branford

“Choral singing has been with me since church choir days. I have been in several auditioned and non-auditioned groups but GNHCC has been my longest uninterrupted stint. A great group of people doing wonderful, challenging and rewarding music…. I love Noah’s whole approach — open and bringing out the best in the choir.”

-Craig, Hamden

“I joined the GNHCC after moving to the area from the UK for my partner’s work. I’ve sung in choirs since I was little and thought it might be a nice way to meet people while doing something I love. Rehearsals are the highlight of my week, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer, more welcoming group.”

-Susie, New Haven

“I love GNHCC first and foremost because I love singing in a multi-part ensemble – that feeling of harmonizing and experiencing different parts all coming together like magic to make something beautiful! Add in the enthusiasm and skill of the Director along with the warmth and dedication of the members, and GNHCC is truly a special chorus. I joined six years ago, excited to sing a wide range of choral music in a secular group. It is such an honor be part of a chorus that is so inviting and accessible to members with different levels of singing experience, religious affiliations, economic means, backgrounds, and cultures. “

-Gillian, New Haven