Choral Art Society Prepares For 50th Year

WESTFIELD — The Choral Art Society of New Jersey is celebrating its 50th year as an organization dedicated to learning and singing great choral music.

During this Golden Anniversary year it will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36. This is a magnificent composition which was first performed in Dusseldorf, Germany, on May 22, 1836. The society will be performing it on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 8 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. If you are interested in joining in the performance, come to the society’s first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. to register and purchase music.


Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m., September through May, at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street. Rehearsals are held in the church’s choir room. The entrance is on Mountain Avenue. For further information, visit or call 1-908-654-5737.

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. 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.

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