Celebrating over 35 years of passion, excellence, and imagination, the NEW JERSEY CHORAL SOCIETY is a prestigious choral group, well-known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. An ensemble of nearly 100 auditioned singers from around the tri-state area, NJCS performs under the baton of dynamic Artistic Director and Conductor, Eric Dale Knapp, accompanied by Linda Sweetman-Waters.


Our Mission:  The New Jersey Choral Society exists to serve the Community, the Membership and the Art with
passion, imagination, and a commitment to excellence.

The New Jersey Choral Society’s repertoire is among the most diverse in the area, each season providing exciting musical opportunities and experiences for both singer and audience member. The NJCS season consists of December holiday concerts, Pops concerts in March, featuring music from Broadway, American standards and jazz, and late spring concerts of major choral masterpieces and classical selections. NJCS enjoys the privilege of sharing the stage with many exceptional performers, often collaborating with other choral groups, soloists, instrumentalists, and dancers who create a unique concert experience with each performance. An initiative by Mr. Knapp to feature new music has resulted in the presentation of world premieres of works by Joakim Seidevall, Terre Johnson, Ed Lojeski and Rita Blacker. 

The 2011-2012 season featured the inaugural performance of the NJCS Camerata, a select chamber chorus directed by Maestro Knapp. The choir's outreach group, the NJCS Chanteurs, performs at community and non-profit events. The NJCS Festival Youth Chorus was officially established in 2016, under the direction of Noelle Dachis. Throughout each concert season, the New Jersey Choral Society moves seamlessly from classical to Pops and back again, with the passion, excellence, and imagination that has become our brand.

Ever expanding its horizons outside the Bergen County area, the New Jersey Choral Society has performed at the White House and made several Carnegie Hall appearances. The choir enjoyed a solo performance tour of the Czech Republic and Germany in 2005, and NJCS singers have performed with Mr. Knapp at festivals in London, Sydney, Vienna, Beijing, Shanghai and Paris. 

NJCS strives to provide exceptional choral music for the local community and beyond, and continues to dazzle audiences with its passion, excellence, and imagination….  Don’t miss a beat! 

NJCS singer photo by Noah DachisNJCS.MontclairPops 2016

The New Jersey Choral Society is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
NJCS is a founding member of the New Jersey Choral Consortium.