Welcome to Shir Joy Chorus of Massachusetts
Shir Joy Chorus of Massachusetts (SJCM) is dedicated to learning, sharing and performing Jewish music. Founded in 2011, we are an Independent 501 (c) 3 organization. We are over 30 members strong, representing a dozen Massachusetts towns and cities. The chorus is non-auditioned and is open to all people regardless of ethnicity or religious background. If you are interested in learning and performing music from the rich and varied Judaic cultures of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, we’re interested in you. SJCM envisions a musical organization dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of Jewish culture through performances and related activities.
Who are we? Our chorus members are a diverse group. We’re young and not so young. We’re working and retired, professionals and non-professionals. Some of have both religious and secular backgrounds, while some of us have little or no Jewish education. Our musical backgrounds are varied too. Some of our members have extensive musical knowledge, others have no previous choral experience. What we have in common is our love of Jewish music and interest in building strong bonds of friendship as we hone our musical skills.
Shir Joy Events
In December, Shir Joy Chorus was invited to sing at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens.
Our Winter Concert is coming up at 7:00 p.m. on February 8 at Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough, MA
Other upcoming events include:
Westborough Pastoral Counseling Concert
Yom HaShoah Community-wide commemoration at 7:00 p.m. on April 15 at Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, MA
Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m. on June 7 at Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough, MA
No Audition Required
You must be able to sing on pitch, but all are welcome to join regardless of musical background.
All members must have a vocal placement test, which takes less than 2 minutes, in order for the music director to ascertain which section of the choir chorus is most appropriate based on vocal range and sound.
Meet Our Director
Wendy Damoulakis is a choral director, singer, music educator and piano teacher, equally experienced across these roles. She taught elementary music in Grafton, Littleton and Medway for many years, retiring in 2012. Her piano studio, run out of her home, has seen generations of students learn that playing piano is a gateway to excellence in musicianship and a lifetime of music learning.