April 2018



An official ArtWeek MA Event



Shir Joy Chorus will be one of four choirs participating in Communities of Song this coming Sunday.  The concert is an official ArtWeek Massachusetts event. The event is also the proud recipient of a grant from Music Drives Us, sponsored by Ernie Boch, Jr. Communities of Song is one of only 10 events out of 500 to receive this unsolicited grant.  Our director, Nan AK Gibbons, received the grant this past Wednesday at a reception at the Wang Center in Boston.

The concert will feature four choirs:  Shir Joy Chorus from Westborough, the Wesley Ghanaian Choir from Worcester, Band of Voices from Barre, and the Wesley Choir from Worcester.  There will be a pre-concert discussion on the Benefits of Community Choral Singing at 3 pm, followed by the concert at 4 pm. There will be a free-will offering to benefit the Central Massachusetts Pastoral Counseling Center, and a reception will follow the concert.  

Each choir will perform several pieces and then all the choirs will come together to sing four pieces, including the premier of an original composition by Nan Gibbons.  Shir Joy Chorus will be singing the popular “Lo Yisa Goy,” a rousing version of “Mizmor L’David” with clarinet and drum, the beautiful “Uri Tzafon,” and the poignant “Even When God Is Silent,” which was recently featured at the Central Massachusetts community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration.

In addition to ArtWeek Massachusetts and Music Drives Us, the concert is sponsored by the Westborough Cultural Council (a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council), the Jewish Federation of Massachusetts, friends of Shir Joy, friends of Band of Voices, and the Wesley United Methodist Church.  

The concert will take place at Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St., Worcester.  Free admission. Free parking available behind the church or on the street.


For more information, go to the facebook event Communities of Song, or call 508-366-7175.

For more information on Nan AK Gibbons’ involvement in ArtWeek MA, see this Telegram & Gazette article:

Upcoming Concerts and Events

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 (a member 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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