The West Jersey Chamber Music Society (WJCMS) presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. in a free live streamed event. The concert will stream live on the West Jersey Chamber website www.wjcms.org and the church website www.fpcmoorestown.org.
At Home for the Holidays
At Home for the Holidays features members of the West Jersey Chamber Chorale under the direction of Music Director Joel Krott. The program collects familiar carols and lesser-known seasonal works in a celebratory evening, hosted by Ivan Woods for an online audience. The live video broadcast will be available at concert time at WJCMS.org/Holiday.
At Home for the Holidays celebrates the season with traditional carols, such as “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” but also enlivens the evening with tunes that may be unfamiliar to audiences, including “Carol of the Joy of Home.” This concert is generously sponsored by Atlantic Trailer Leasing.
The talented singers of the West Jersey Chamber Chorale are working professionals associated with some of the region’s most accomplished ensembles and are led by founding music director Joel Krott. They personify the concert’s theme as they perform at home at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, where many singers are longtime members. The reduced chorus of ten singers includes a mother-daughter pair, roommates attending Westminster Choir College, and a music student returning home to Moorestown following a semester in Boston, among others.
Online Concerts
During this unprecedented season, WJCMS is committed to finding inventive ways to bring music to area residents. On the heels of a successful first broadcast in October, the organization is excited to continue its online concerts, allowing audiences across Southern New Jersey to enjoy high-quality chamber music in a safe and accessible format, as they have for over 40 years. The chorus will perform under safety guidelines as established by the performers and the venue.
“We saw that there is a great appetite for live music in the area with the turnout online in October. Our audiences and performers are eager to experience the power of performance together. We’re grateful we can continue our annual holiday concert for our neighbors,” says music director Joel Krott. WJCMS will announce additional programs this season as state and local health recommendations allow.
Concert host Ivan Woods has appeared several times on WJCMS’s Conversation Pieces series. As a singer, he has been featured at the dedication of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton; and has sung with the Virginia Opera, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Philadelphia Singers. He appears regularly as a member of the vocal trio Follow the Drinking Gourd.
A graduate of the Philadelphia Music Academy, Music Director Joel Krott has studied and traveled throughout Europe, including extensive musical research with renowned masters from the Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen and the Vienna Conservatory. He has expertly and graciously guided the West Jersey Chamber Music Society ensemble from its inception in 1980, creating over 40 seasons of music that challenge and inspire both supporters and musicians.
The West Jersey Chamber Music Society is a professional choir and orchestra committed to producing chamber music concerts of the highest quality that are easily accessible to residents and visitors to Southern New Jersey. WJCMS seeks to enhance the quality of life for music lovers, those new to music, and children in the community through the uplifting and inspiring power of music. Learn more at WJCMS.org.
This concert will be streamed live online beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Audiences are encouraged to register in advance at WJCMS.org/Holiday to receive a PDF of the concert program.

And to get you in the mood! The West Jersey Chamber Music Society’s 2020–21 season began on October 18 with a live streamed concert by members of the Arcadian Trio. We invite you to enjoy concert highlights featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, and de Falla.