About Us

Capital Singers of Trenton (CST) started in the spring of 2006 as a select group of mixed voices under the leadership of Richard M. Loatman. A non-sectarian, non-partisan, semi-professional chorus, CST maintains its commitment to promoting the art of choral singing, enriching the cultural life of New Jersey, and serving as a goodwill ambassador for the city of Trenton. At its’ inception the ensemble, augmented by the 50-plus members of Trenton Community Singers, provided concerts, special performances, and community outreach throughout the New Jersey Capital Region and Bucks County, PA. Now in their twelfth year, the groups continue as CST, and CST Chorale. Under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Vinroy D. Brown, Jr. they perform a repertoire of sacred and secular choral works that reflect various musical styles and historical periods.

CST has been privileged to appear with a variety of organizations who share their passion for choral music. Highlights include the New Jersey premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater with Sinfonietta Nova of West Windsor, NJ; a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Warminster Symphony Orchestra in Warminster, PA; the shared celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary and the 85th anniversary of the founding of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, NJ; and the dedication ceremony of the New Jersey World War II Memorial in Trenton.

The chorus has given performances locally at Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton Artworks (in conjunction with the Mill Hill House Tour), the William Trent House, The City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, and St. Paul Church in Princeton, as well as concerts in Plainfield, West Windsor, and Hamilton, NJ; and Bristol, PA. CST has given benefit concerts in Bay Head, Beach Haven, Ewing, and Bridgeton, NJ. The groups perform twice annually at Sacred Heart Church, Trenton.

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Mission

Capital Singers of Trenton is a mixed chorus that strives to promote the art of choral singing, enrich the cultural life of New Jersey and the surrounding region, and serve as ambassadors for the City of Trenton through concerts, special performances and community outreach.

Vision

Capital Singers of Trenton aspires to be an inclusive choral organization recognized by its musical peers and the greater Trenton area as an accomplished chorus that educates and inspires its audiences and singers with a challenging repertoire that showcases its musical
diversity and artistic excellence. CST will be the acknowledged chorus for events throughout the capital region and state, and a leading contributor to the cultural initiatives of the region.

History

Organized in the spring of 2006, Capital Singers of Trenton is a semi-professional, mixed chorus. The ensemble’s repertoire, which includes sacred and secular works both a cappella and accompanied, is an eclectic mix of musical genres and styles by composers and arrangers from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Among the more significant selections programmed during the Capital Singers’ first five years are Johannes Brahms’ spirited Liebeslieder Walzer, Daniel Pinkham’s celebrated Christmas Cantata, (Sinfonia Sacra), Javier Busto’s unpretentious Ave Maria, several of Alice Parker’s authentic arrangements of Early American and shape-note hymns, as well as a variety of English and American folk songs, spirituals, and selections from musical theater. In 2011 we celebrated our five year anniversary by performing a New Jersey Premier of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater with Sinfonietta Nova orchestra of West Windsor and the Trenton Community Singers. With a packed house of over 700 we truly reached a new level in performance. This past year we performed in many locations and partnered with the City of Trenton to perform 5 events at the Historic William Trent House.

Our first 9 years we were joined by the Trenton Community Singers, an affiliated mixed chorus of approximately 50 singers, for performances of large-scale works. The combined choruses sang such classics as Ludwig van Beethoven’s triumphant “Hallelujah” from The Mount of Olives, Peter Wilhousky’s stirring arrangement of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Joseph Martin’s emotive tribute to the supremacy of music, The Awakening, We are Made for Music and One Voice, dedicated to Breast Cancer Survivors.

In 2015 Capital Singers of Trenton and Trenton Community Singers were combined into one large chorus of 75 to 100 singers. In 2016 we celebrated our 10th anniversary year with wonderful performances. See our past events pages. In 2017 we welcomed our new Artistic Director and Conductor, Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.

Lastly, we want to acknowledge a few members who passed away. May they rest in peace.

Clifford Bohnson, Bass
Jennifer Gerlach, Alto
Nancy E. Lanzoni, Alto & Administrative Assistant
Vincent Mangini, Tenor
Linda M. Miller, Soprano, Archivist, Board Member
Stan Szalewicz, Tenor, Founding Chairperson, Board Member

Capital Singers of Trenton does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, age, gender, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. All are welcome.

Go to our Join Us page if you are interested in joining us. No auditions and no fees.

This page last updated October 24, 2018