RED BANK, NJ – Following rousing debut performance last Saturday, March 1st, the Central Jersey Youth Chorale – a , collaboration between the Count Basie Theatre and Red Bank’s middle and high schools – an open audition for new members will take place on March 17th and 19th at 6pm at Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road in Red Bank.

Under the Direction of local conductor and Red Bank Regional High School music instructor Kristopher Zook, the chorale is a free, collaborative effort open to all any Monmouth County student in grades 4 through 8. Since its inception last October, the chorale has grown to include 35 students from various schools in Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Marlboro.


The Central Jersey Youth Chorale is made possible in part by a grant from Investors Bank Foundation. The program is aligned with the Count Basie Theatre’s goal to provide multiple arts experience to area children, and not designed to replace participation in students’ home school choral programs.


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Last week’s debut came after nearly five months of bi-weekly practice sessions. The performance featured a variety of musical selections, from current pop hits and songs from the Latin Mass to traditional Hispanic melodies. More than 100 family members and friends of the performers turned out for the inaugural concert event.

“While the pre-performance jitters were evident backstage, there was also a feeling of team-work and togetherness,” said Yvonne Lamb-Scudiery, Education Director at the Count Basie Theatre. “It’s a testimony to the powerful impact of the arts and their ability to create community.”

Participation in the program is free of charge, and interested candidates must arrange an audition time in advance by calling 732-224-8778, ext. 125.

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