Joyful Noise
Worcester, Massachusetts
Welcome to Joyful Noise
  
Joyful Noise Hits the Ground Singing

A new choir, Joyful Noise, a small choir that is organized as a social business, held its first rehearsal on October 3, 2017 in response to demand for organizations that not only to make beautiful music, but also help the community in some way.  For each concert, tickets will be distributed to audience members who would otherwise not be able to attend.  In addition, Joyful Noise is looking for opportunities to partner with organizations that are helping the community, to help amplify the work that they are doing. The new choir looks forward to performing for audiences that love music in Central Massachusetts, including younger and older audience members, and those who cannot afford to come to concerts.

For those in its audiences, Joyful Noise will open new vistas in sound and share beauty freely with our community. .  Joyful Noise is part of a growing trend to hear beautiful choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the work of living composers.

Matthew Johnsen, Artistic Director of Joyful Noise explains: "My vision is to establish Joyful Noise as a social business, so it is designed to be self-supporting, but also to have a positive social impact on community social problems. Its purpose is to enliven the spirits of audience members."

The new company is organized as a social business.  Our hope is not only to make beautiful music, but also to help the community in some way.  For each concert, tickets will be distributed to some audience members who would otherwise not be able to attend.  In addition, Joyful Noise is looking for opportunities to partner with other organizations that are helping the community, to help amplify the work that they are doing.. Joyful Noise works by using the power of music to create greater good within the community..

Based in Worcester, MA, Joyful Noise will initially feature 15 singers and has plans to recruit up to five additional singers over the next twelve months.  The choir also plans to hold at least six concerts in its inaugural season: three concerts in the Worcester area, and three concerts in communities in the greater Worcester region.  The first two concerts are entitled "This Shining Night" and are scheduled for December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester and December 10 at 2 pm at the Singh Performance Center in Whitinsville Massachusetts.  Both the first and second concerts will feature premiere performances of works  by local and national composers.

"There are many people who both love music and want to build a stronger and more compassionate community.  We hope to appeal to this substantial potential audience in Central Massachusetts.

Prior to launching the company's founder Matthew Johnsen, Artistic Director directed of Master Singers To Go. He also serves as director of music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester.  In 2009, he directed Master Singers of Worcester in “A Feast of Song,” a musical recreation of the court of Henry VIII. Under his direction, Master Singers To Go recorded a CD of Jim Scott’s choral works entitled “Gather the Spirit” which has been reissued several times.

 
  
Music with a Difference
Music that Makes a Difference
Intimacy in Music Making
Joyful Noise focuses on music from the 20th and 21st centuries that is appealing to both audiences and singers.  Our programs include new works by living composers, including some works that will receive their regional or world premieres in our concerts.
Joyful Noise is a Social Business.  This means that we not only make beautiful music, but we do it in ways that leave our community and our world a better place.  We strive to make our concerts accessible to all, regardless of income. We look forward to working with other worthy organizations that want to collaborate with us to raise funds together.
Joyful Noise in a small choir where each voice is both welcomed and needed.   We strive to create community among our performers, our supporters and our audiences.  Together, we make something great.  Each voice in our choir makes a difference.
Upcoming Events
"Shining Night" Documentary Showing on November 17 at Worcester State University
  
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen at Eager Auditorium
Venue:   Eager Auditorium, Worcester State University, in the Sullivan Academic Building. 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA
Date and Time: Friday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
Cost:   Free -- but donation is welcomed.

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen will take place at Eager Auditorium on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. with Matthew Johnsen providing the introductions. The documentary examines the nature of the creative process and is aimed at those who love music or movies.  In particular, those with a passion for choral music and those with a passion for documentaries will be introduced to the work of one of the preeminent composers alive today: Morten Lauridsen. Lauridsen's music is admired by singers and audiences alike, and touches a very deep core in listeners.
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Joyful Noise is cosponsoring this showing, and will be performing a concert on December 9 and 10 which will feature some of the music of Morten Lauridsen that will be heard in this documentary. This will provide an excellent introduction to the musical genius of Morten Lauridsen.

Joyful Noise is sponsoring this event with the WSU Center for Social Innovation, which encourages the development of social enterprises and social businesses which aim to provide positive social benefits to the community. Joyful Noise is a small choir organized as a social business in 2017.  They are providing this opportunity to learn more about the choir, and the music that it will be featuring in its inaugural December concerts.
The main event is the viewing of the documentary "Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen" by Michael Stillwater.  Matthew Johnsen, who directs Joyful Noise, will provide opening and closing remarks