Looking to raise your voice? Capital Singers of Trenton (CST) is looking for you. A non-sectarian, non-partisan, semi-professional chorus, CST maintains its commitment to promoting the art of choral singing, enriching the cultural life of New Jersey, and serving as a goodwill ambassador for the city of Trenton. Organized in the spring of 2006, Capital Singers of Trenton’s repertoire includes sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied.
Artistic Director and Conductor Vinroy D. Brown Jr. says “The mission of Capital Singers of Trenton is to be an inclusive choral organization recognized by its musical peers and the greater Trenton area as an accomplished chorus that educates and inspires its audiences and singers with a challenging repertoire. We seek to showcase musical diversity and artistic excellence. We welcome everyone who wants to sing.”
Brown is an adjunct instructor at Rider University. He has various credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. A member of the Sacred Music faculty at Westminster Choir College, he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers. Also a church musician, he is director of music and worship arts at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church where his responsibilities include building music and arts programs. Maintaining an active conducting schedule, he is founder and artistic director of the Elmwood Concert Singers. He became artistic director and conductor of CST in 2017.
“CST performs an eclectic mix of musical genres and styles by composers and arrangers from the Renaissance to the 21st century. We have presented authentic arrangements of Early American and shape-note hymns, as well as a variety of English and American folk songs, spirituals, and selections from musical theatre,” says Brown.
CST’s dynamic 2018-’19 season continues at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at St. Paul Church in Princeton with Winter Songs XII, Songs of the Season. “We are also pleased to announce that our spring selection in March, 2019, will feature ‘Requiem for the Living’ by Dan Forrest. Sinfonietta Nova of West Windsor and The Trenton Children’s Chorus Training Choir will join us in this rousing celebration of life. Dan Forrest is an acclaimed composer of choral, orchestral, instrumental, and wind band works. His music has sold millions of copies and has become well established in the repertoire of choirs around the world,” says Brown. “This was Forrest’s first major work and is a transcendent prayer for peace and rest.”
CST has been privileged to appear with a variety of organizations who share their passion for choral music. Highlights include the New Jersey premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater with Sinfonietta Nova and the dedication ceremony of the New Jersey World War II Memorial in Trenton. The chorus performs locally at Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton Artworks (in conjunction with the Mill Hill House Tour), the William Trent House, The City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, and St. Paul Church in Princeton, as well as many other venues.
Experience the Capital Singers of Trenton. Join them in making a joyful noise all year long.
Visit www.capitalsingers.org or call 609-434-2781.