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Founded in 1977, Concord Singers is a women’s community chorus under the direction of James Horan and accompanied by Robert Long. There is no formal audition process to join. While some prior singing experience is preferred, enthusiasm and ability to learn wonderful music are the only essential prerequisites. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from September to May at Calvary Church in Summit.
We perform two main concerts per year: a celebration of spring in May and a holiday event in December. We also sponsor a Women’s Choral Workshop in alternate years.
Our repertoire is varied and includes secular and sacred music. Composers range from the classical works of Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn to the more modern works of Gywneth Walker, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Z. Randall Stroope, Clifton Noble, Jr. and George Gershwin.
James Horan: Director
With more than 25 years of experience, Jim has an extensive and varied musical background as a choral director, performer, accompanist, composer, and arranger. Jim has worked with the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus as composer, arranger, and Cabaret director. As a member of the chorus, he has performed at Carnegie Hall (Alan Cumming), Madison Square Garden (Hugh Jackman World Tour), The Barclay Center (Demi Lovato) and at the Stonewall 50 Celebration. His original work, In His Music, was performed by the chorus. He is an Apple Award winner for his contributions to the chorus. Jim has also been musical director/co-producer of the Second Act Series 54 Below/Feinstein’s First-Rate Cabaret Club, working with legendary composers such as Charles Strouse (Annie) and John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago). Jim is the vocal director at the Pennington School, and he has taught at Morristown Beard School and Mount Saint Dominic Academy. He has also taught in the North Plainfield Public Schools collaborating with other faculty to direct gospel choir and acapella groups. Finally, Jim has been organist/choir director at several NJ churches over the past couple of decades, and he is currently at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, South Plainfield.
Robert Long: Accompanist
An accomplished pianist and vocal coach, Robert Long has performed as organist at Carnegie Hall, pianist in recital at Weill Recital Hall and on the Noonday Series at Trinity Church in New York. He has performed in Lincoln Center as guest conductor of the annual Messiah Sing-In and has prepared choruses to sing with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Long previously served as Director of Music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, where he conducted the Cathedral Choir and worked with world-renowned guest artists. He also conducted the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, comprised of musicians from New York’s leading orchestras. Robert Long has served as music director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Corpus Christi Church in Chatham Township, New Jersey.
The Concord Singers
This women’s ensemble is a unique group that achieves high quality through dedication and hard work. Members come from many age groups, professions and backgrounds, and hail from 23 towns in six counties.