West Jersey Chamber Music Society bringing traditional holiday songs in new format

At Home for the Holidays features members of the West Jersey Chamber Chorale under the direction of Music Director Joel Krott.

The West Jersey Chamber Music Society (WJCMS) will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in a free live-streamed event. At Home for the Holidays features members of the West Jersey Chamber Chorale under the direction of Music Director Joel Krott. The program collects familiar carols and lesser-known seasonal works in a celebratory evening, hosted by Ivan Woods for an online audience. The live video broadcast will be available at concert time at WJCMS.org/Holiday.

At Home for the Holidays celebrates the season with traditional carols, such as “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger” but also enlivens the evening with tunes that may be unfamiliar to audiences, including “Carol of the Joy of Home.” This concert is generously sponsored by Atlantic Trailer Leasing. 

The talented singers of the West Jersey Chamber Chorale are working professionals associated with some of the region’s most accomplished ensembles and are led by founding music director Joel Krott. They personify the concert’s theme as they perform at home at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, where many singers are longtime members. The reduced chorus of ten singers includes a mother-daughter pair, roommates attending Westminster Choir College and a music student returning home to Moorestown following a semester in Boston, among others. 

During this unprecedented season, WJCMS is committed to finding inventive ways to bring music to area residents. On the heels of a successful first broadcast in October, the organization is excited to continue its online concerts, allowing audiences across Southern New Jersey to enjoy high-quality chamber music in a safe and accessible format, as they have for more than 40 years. The chorus will perform under safety guidelines as established by the performers and the venue.

“We saw that there is a great appetite for live music in the area with the turnout online in October. Our audiences and performers are eager to experience the power of performance together. We’re grateful we can continue our annual holiday concert for our neighbors,” said music director Joel Krott. 

WJCMS will announce additional programs this season as state and local health recommendations allow. 

The West Jersey Chamber Music Society is a professional choir and orchestra committed to producing chamber music concerts of the highest quality that are easily accessible to residents and visitors to Southern New Jersey. WJCMS seeks to enhance the quality of life for music lovers, those new to music and children in the community through the uplifting and inspiring power of music. Learn more at WJCMS.org