Who we are

Our members are as diverse as the towns from which we currently hail: Jersey City, Bayonne, Maplewood, Rutherford, and West Orange. Included in the group are musicians, museum administrators, lawyers, nurses, bankers, and IT professionals (to name a few). We may cut a wide swath and sing different parts (five to be exact), but we have one thing in common: 

We love to sing!

Why "North River"?

North River is an old nautical name for the part of the Hudson River located between New York City and New Jersey. We named ourselves North River Sing because we wanted to cast our net far and wide and welcome residents from all over the area to join us.

Operations

We rehearse Sunday evenings from 5:45 to 8:00 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Downtown Jersey City. 

Our schedule has two sessions – the fall (September through January) and the spring (February through early June) – each culminating in a concert that is open to the public and free of charge. At the end of each session we also give several other concerts. 

We’ve sung at the Oculus at the World Trade Center, the Hoboken Museum, Peace Care St. Ann’s nursing home (in Jersey City), the PERC homeless shelter (in Union City), and the Bayonne Jewish Community Center, to name just a few venues.

Our Music Director​

We’re so fortunate this season to have the pleasure and benefit of working with Conrad Chu. His deep and broad directing experience, his impressive conducting, teaching, and keyboard skills, and his focused yet relaxed and engaging demeanor in rehearsals make him the perfect person to help North River Sing build on what we’ve achieved since our formation in 2014. 

Conrad has more than fifteen years’ experience leading ensembles of all sizes, including college choruses (for example, for ten years he served as the choral director at Eugene Lang College of The New School); community choruses (such as the Chinese-American Univoice Chorus of New York); and church choirs. He is knowledgeable and comfortable with repertoire ranging from Broadway to classical to folk to pop to religious music. In addition, his credits in opera and orchestral conducting are numerous and impressive, and they include several notable premieres.

Having earned his masters degree in conducting from Mannes College of Music in New York, Conrad is currently writing his dissertation as the last step in getting his Doctorate in Musical Arts from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. This has allowed him to return to our area. We couldn’t be more pleased that he’s now part of the North River Sing family.

Membership

If you’re at least 18 years old and can hold a tune, we’d love to have you! Simply try out during one of our biannual auditions (see the “auditions tab”). New members cycle in every September and February.

Membership costs $225 per person per session not including a $30 refundable deposit for sheet music. (We’re a nonprofit but need to cover our operating expenses.) But we are thrilled to offer five full scholarships for our Fall 2022 season!

North River Sing is also supported by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund