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About Us

Formed in April of 2001 by the Jefferson Arts Committee, The Jefferson Township Community Chorus has attracted many township adults, Jefferson Township High School students and alumni to its ranks over the years. Many members belong to church choirs and just want to branch out to more secular music.

Upon Mike Morris' relocation out of state, Michael Yannuzzi became the new Chorus Director in September of 2015. With a MA and a BA in Music Education from Montclair State University and a State of NJ Certificate as a Teacher of Music K-12, Mike is an experienced Teacher, Choir Director, Musical Director, Vocalist, and Keyboardist. He has considerable experience in all aspects of community theater as well in live performance and studio recordings. Mike is affiliated with No Strings Acapella as a tenor, Sandy and the Wanderers Musical Group as a keyboardist and vocalist, the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church as Choir Director, The Steve Ames Show as Co-Musical Director, and the Cornerstone Players as a Musical Director.

In September 2013, Michael J. Morris became the Chorus' Director. With a BA in Music from Upsala College, Mike's professional experience includes Musician at St. Margaret's of Scotland Church in Morristown, Music Director at St. Ann's Church in Parsippany, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Zephyr Vocal Ensemble. He has been a vocal member and supporting pianist and conductor for the Jefferson Township Community Chorus for several years. He was recently appointed as the Director of Music at Our Lady Star of the Sea

From September 2010 to June 2013, The Chorus was directed by Cherwyn Ambuter, M.M. from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and a BA in Music from Tufts University.

Janet Breckenridge became the Chorus’ Assistant Director/Accompanist in September 2012.  With a B.A and M.A. from The College of New Jersey, she has 38 years of music teaching experience having taught at Milton, Cozy Lake and White Rock Elementary Schools.  Janet is also an organist at the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church and Accompanist and interim Director of the Picatinny Chorus. She plays tuba in the Jefferson Township Community Band and piano in the Jazz Band. 

The Chorus presents spring and winter concerts and performs at the annual Jefferson Township Day celebration, Christmas In the Village event, and other special events by invitation. Through the years they have sung traditional folk songs, Broadway show tunes, sacred music, ethnic tunes, popular songs, and classical music.

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