Wynne named Director of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus

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The Jefferson Arts Committee is extremely pleased and excited to announce that James Wynne will be the new Chorus Director/Accompanist of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus beginning with the Fall 2018 season.

He comes to the chorus with an extensive and impressive background having just recently retired as the Choral Music Director and Instructor of Music Technology at the Jefferson Township High School where he worked since 1983. He is currently the Director of Music and Organist at the Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham and continues to serve as the Music Technology Coordinator and Clinician at the NJ Music Educators In-Service.

A well-respected educator and musician, he earned his B.A. in Music Education at Montclair State, his M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from William Paterson University, Graduate Study in Musical Performance-Organ Major from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and Graduate Study in Music Education from Boston University. He’s been married to his wife Marlene for 44 years and they have three sons.

Wynne is anxious to continue his love of teaching and music by working with the Jefferson Township Community Chorus to help them grow musically and attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy the challenge of learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The Jefferson Township Community Chorus was founded in 2001 and is one of several performing arts groups under the umbrella of the Jefferson Arts Committee. The Chorus has attracted adults and students as well as Jefferson Township High School alumni to its ranks over the years. Some members belong to church choirs and just want to branch out to more secular music while most simply enjoy singing. For a brief history of the JTCC, log on to http://jeffersonarts.org/chorus_about.html  

The Chorus presents a spring concert and performs in concert at the annual Christmas in the Village event, and are oftentimes involved in other special events and/or fundraisers.   Through the years, they have sung traditional folk songs, Broadway show tunes, sacred music, ethnic tunes, popular songs, and classical music.  Under former directors, most recently Cherwyn Ambuter, an accomplished pianist and music instructor herself, the Chorus has tackled some  challenging pieces and exceeded even their own expectations.

The Chorus rehearses ten months out of the year from 7:30 – 9 PM and will rehearse on Tuesday nights at the Jefferson Township High School’s Chorus Room beginning on September 11.   

Those who enjoy singing a variety of musical styles are encouraged to join in September/October for the fall/winter season and February/March for the winter/spring season. The Chorus is open to adult township residents as well as non-residents and high school students. Tenors, basses, sopranos, and altos are always welcome, and auditions or previous singing experience is not required. Annual dues per season are collected to help defray the general operating expenses of the group, primarily the cost of purchasing quality copyrighted music and the director’s stipend.

A “Meet the Director” evening for current, past, and potential members is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 and details will be announced soon. It will be a great opportunity to meet Wynne and each other prior to the beginning of the upcoming fall/winter season. Information will be posted on Facebook (Jefferson Arts Committee), www.jeffersonarts.org , and in local online and print news sources. You can also email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org  or call 973-697-3828 for more information.

The upcoming chorus season will be an exciting and melodious one in Jefferson Township!

Photo Caption:  James (Jim) Wynne has been named the new Director of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus and will start his rehearsals this September.


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