"Gary Weidenaar’s Central Washington University Chamber Choir [was] impeccable, engaging, thrilling. My favorite piece was “Contrition,” by Ola Gjeilo, in its American premiere. Ola is a truly unique voice, and every new piece of his takes a step forward. This piece has stunning layers of color and texture and packs an emotional punch. I want to hear it again."
With members from Union, Somerset, Bergen, Hudson and Middlesex counties, The Choral Art Society is a non-profit community chorus dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works. It originated in September, 1962, as The Suburban Symphony Chorus under the direction of Peter Sozio. In September, 1963, Evelyn Bleeke became the director and in 1964 the chorus formed an independent organization under its present name. Mrs. Bleeke served the organization as director for 32 seasons, followed by Thomas Booth and Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth, for two seasons each. James S. Little is starting his twelfth season as musical director.