Open Rehearsals

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Now is your chance to join Shir Joy Chorus!  Come find out what we are all about at our Open Rehearsals.  The first will be on Sunday, October 1st from 5:00-7:00 pm.  This exciting evening will begin with a vegetarian (dairy ok) potluck dinner (no peanuts, please), and will include a meet and greet, section placement, and registration, to be followed by a short rehearsal.  You can observe the rehearsal or join right in with the singing.  Our director, Nan Gibbons, as well as members of the Board will be available to chat and answer any and all questions you might have.  

Our regular rehearsals are on Sunday evenings with a few Monday evening rehearsals on three-day holiday weekends...which brings me to our next open rehearsal - Monday, October 9th from 7:00-9:15 pm.  This rehearsal will be more like our typical rehearsals.But don’t worry - there will be food during our 15-minute snack break at 8:00 pm.  

September 2017 Concerts

Shir Joy Chorus has a full line-up of concerts even before our regular season begins in October.  Let us know if you would like us to sing at your event!  

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Our first performance will be at the Songs of Hope concert in Worcester. Shir Joy was honored to be invited to perform at this special concert sponsored by the Black-Jewish Alliance of Worcester.  “Songs of Hope:  A Musical Expression of Hope, Endurance & Triumph” will take place on Sunday, September 10th at 4:00 pm at the Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church at 55 Illinois St. in Worcester.  In addition to Shir Joy, featured performers will include vocalist Lydia Fortune, percussionist Mitch Gordon, acapella group Knights of Zion, plus a special appearance by Men of Faith (Rev. Vance, Rev. Wright, Rev. Lucas, & Rabbi Swarttz).  A potluck dinner will follow the performance and everyone is invited to bring a favorite southern or Jewish dish to share. The Black-Jewish Alliance is supported by the Jewish Federation of Central MA, the Worcester Black Clergy Alliance, and the Worcester NAACP.  

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You can find Shir Joy Chorus next at the Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Central MA on Tues., September 12th at the Worcester JCC.  This will be a 70th Anniversary Celebration.  Shir Joy was very happy to be invited to help celebrate this momentous event.

If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP by emailing JFCM at

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Our final concert in September will be at the Westborough Cultural Council’s “Arts in Common” festival at Bay State Commons in Westborough on Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm.  We will be performing on the Main Stage.  This free festival begins at 10:00 am and includes many types of performances, including singing, instrumental, and theater, as well as a craft show and booths from local businesses.  Various food vendors will be there as well.  It is always a fun day.  Westborough Cultural Council is another one of our sponsors.

Our Spring 2017 Concert

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In case you missed it, you can view Shir Joy’s June 11, 2017 Concert, “Songs of Joy and Praise” on Westborough TV’s website.  Go to

Upcoming Concerts and Events

Concert:  Songs of Hope: A Musical Expression of Hope, Endurance & Triumph

Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Collaboration with the Worcester Black-Jewish Alliance

Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St., Worcester


Concert: Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Meeting: 7:00 pm, Performance at end of meeting, approx. 7:45 pm

Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., Worcester


Concert: Arts in Common Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Bay State Commons, Main Stage, Union St., Westborough


Open Rehearsal - Fall Season (concert date January 20, 2018)

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner, Meet & Greet, Registration, Short Rehearsal

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough


Open Rehearsal

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 - 9:15 pm

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough


Winter Concert:  Songs of Hope and Peace

Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm (snow date Sunday, January 21st)

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough


Concert: Northborough Community Meals

Wed. evening, January 2018 (date tbd)

Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough


Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Wed., April 11, 2018

Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., Westborough


Concert:  Communities of Song

Sunday, May 6, 2018 (tbc)

Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St., Worcester


Spring Concert

Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough


About Shir Joy

Shir Joy Chorus is an adult community chorus, dedicated to learning, sharing, and performing Jewish music from the rich and varied Judaic cultures of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. Although many temples & synagogues have choruses which sing on the holidays, we are the only year-round transdenominational Jewish chorus in Central Massachusetts. The Chorus performs music in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages.  Founded in 2011, it is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, funded by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the Westborough Cultural Council and the Worcester Arts Council (members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council), and private supporters.  The chorus is non-auditioned and is open to all people regardless of ethnicity or religious background.

Shir Joy is a musical organization dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of Jewish culture through performances and related activities. In addition to our two annual concerts at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, the Chorus performs at other events in Worcester county, including fundraisers for the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Central Massachusetts.

To donate, go to where you can donate online, or send a check to Shir Joy Chorus, 3 Elizabeth Dr., Westborough, MA 01581.

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