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One Step Closer to Normal - Community choral group returns to John Winthrop Middle School

ESSEX, CT., Oct. 21, 2022 -- Cappella Cantorum announced this week its return to John Winthrop Middle School (JWMS, Deep River, CT) for the 2022-2023 season after a two-year absence. Rehearsals have begun in preparation for our winter concert, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Other Holiday Favorites, to be performed on Sunday, Dec 4th at 3 pm at JWMS. Please mark your calendar to join us for a wonderful musical celebration of the holidays.

This year marks the 53rd season of Cappella Cantorum, which was founded in Jan. 1970. The group has built a close partnership with the Region 4 School District for more than 30 years where Cappella can be found rehearsing at JWMS on Monday evenings and performing in the School District auditoriums. Cappella also donated acoustic sound shells to enhance the JWMS auditorium stage.

Cappella Cantorum performing Messiah by G.F. Handel, Dec. 5, 2021. First Church of Christ, Old Saybrook, CT.

When Covid hit Connecticut in early 2020, Cappella Cantorum halted rehearsals that were already underway at JWMS and canceled its May concert. From Sept. 2020 to April 2021, the group hosted a popular Zoom series to help singers stayed connected and continue learning about music-related topics. spring

With the availability of Covid vaccines and better treatments, the group began to plan its return to in-person singing for Fall 2021. However, changing state Covid guidelines made it difficult for Region 4 to allow community groups in school facilities, so Cappella rehearsals were moved to Trinity Lutheran Church in Centerbrook for the 2021-2022 season.

“We are so pleased to be coming back to JWMS for our rehearsals,” said Carol Cherry, President of Cappella Cantorum. “Returning to John Winthrop is one step closer to normal for all of us.”

About Cappella Cantorum

Cappella Cantorum is the premiere non-auditioned community choral group of the Connecticut Shoreline and Lower CT River Valley. Its primary purpose is to give singers of all ages the opportunity to learn, perform, share, and enjoy great choral music. In addition to twice yearly concerts, the group promotes music education and appreciation through summer singing programs, vocal training workshops, Messiah Sing & Listen events, and other events open to the public.

Cappella Cantorum has NO audition requirement and welcomes people of all ages who like to sing and want to expand their music knowledge and skills. This opportunity renews again on Monday, Jan 9, 2023, when you can register and join us for our first rehearsal as we prepare for our spring concert scheduled for Sunday, April 4, 2023, 3pm, at JWMS. {Rehearsals are generally held at 7:00 pm on Monday nights in JWMS.} We look forward to many seasons of musical joy and hope that you share those experiences with us.

For more information, visit or call 860-532-0454.

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