December 2017
NVC at Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Orpheum

The North Valley Chorale (NVC) finished out 2017 with their biggest bang yet! The group traveled on Thanksgiving Day to New York City (NYC) where the Chorale took the stage in Radio City Music Hall as the pre-show for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. After a choral master class and multi-day rehearsals, NVC joined choirs from around the globe as for the sold-out holiday season kickoff, Messiah Refreshed at Carnegie Hall on November 26 (see HERE for review).

Back in Phoenix, the NVC performed for the first time at the downtown Orpheum Theater on December 1, 2 & 3 as River City’s singing townspeople in The Music Man In Concert. The group appeared on the FOX 10 Morning Show December 8 (see HERE to view).

The NVC’s signature holiday concert on December 9, Behold! featured a glorious first half with Handel’s Messiah, including live chamber orchestra, at the Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix. The second half was “absolutely magical!” Opening with Pat-a-Pan Salsa, complete with a sassy salsa dancers, and a fun sing-along, the NVC reprised their NYC a capella performances, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock (see HERE for program). Another Behold! highlight was Tomorrow Will be My Dancing Day, composed by the father of NVC tenor, Peter Lafford. (Click HERE for Peter’s reflections.)

Outreach events for the season included neighborhood caroling and entertaining at the Poinsettia Tea, the annual fundraiser for local nonprofit, Duet, Partners in Health and Aging. Tea attendees were treated to a Taste of Broadway, with excerpts from NVC’s Herberger Theater sell-out this past May, Broadway Blast!

What could top this season? Wait and see what NVC has in store for 2018-2019 10th Anniversary Season!

May 29, 2017
Patriotic Tribute by North Valley Chorale at Fox 10


The North Valley Chorale was honored to perform for the Fox 10 Arizona Morning Memorial Day tribute, remembering those who died while serving in America’s armed forces. Over half of the sixty-strong North Valley Chorale, including several Veterans, performed in the Fox studio against a backdrop of stars and stripes, led by Director Eleanor Johnson.  

The Group opened with a soulful performance of America the Beautiful (Ward & Bates) – “the Heroes’ Verse” – “Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife; Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life.” The Chorale, glittering in red, white and blue outfits, closed the show with a rousing rendition of Irving’s Berlin’s God Bless America.  

Fox 10 anchors Troy Hayden and Andrea Robinson thanked the Chorale for the “always beautiful music.”

Viewers were directed by Fox 10 anchors to the NVC website for more information on auditioning for the NVC, the open Summer Sings and upcoming North Valley Chorale concert season.

May 5 & 6, 2017
NVC “Blast” is Sellout at The Herberger

North Valley Chorale opens performance with “Broadway Blast!” Photo by David Kaufman.

If you were among the lucky patrons with tickets to North Valley Chorale’s inaugural performance at the prestigious Herberger Theater Center, May 5 & 6, you surely had a blast!  Audience members described the sell-out performances of Broadway Blast! as “energetic and fast-moving” “the best show yet” and “a lot of fun for the audience AND the singers-you could tell!”

Directed by Eleanor Johnson and Shannon Barrett, the Phoenix-based community choir of over 50 volunteer singers sported top hats, canes and their signature sparkling vests for the Broadway classics, New York, New York, Lullaby of Broadway, They’re Playing My Song and 42ndStreet.  The show was non-stop singing and dancing with medleys from South Pacific, Porgy & Bess, Guys & Dolls, Sound of Music, Gypsy and Chicago. Annie and Kids on Broadway were presented by the talented 3rd – 6th graders from the Benchmark School Show Choir, directed by NVC’s Carolyn Nyland. The rousing and visually-pleasing finale from Hair was the perfect ending to the “razzle-dazzle” of North Valley Chorale’s 9th season.

Debra Larson, longtime NVC fan, supporter and Herberger Theater Board Vice Chair, described the show as “beautifully sung, creatively costumed and stunningly choreographed.” The North Valley Chorale will be returning to The Herberger Theater in April 2018. Stay tuned!

Benchmark Show Choir charms with “Kids on Broadway”  Photo by David Kaufman.

North Valley Chorale and Benchmark youths during “Hair” finale.  Photo by Samantha Barrett.

April 21, 2017
NVC “Razzle-Dazzles” Fox 10


The North Valley Chorale returned to “razzle-dazzle” Fox 10 Arizona Morning viewers with a sneak preview of the group’s upcoming show, Broadway Blast at on April 21. Over half of the nearly 60-strong local volunteer choir, directed by Eleanor Johnson, were warmly welcomed by Fox 10 anchors Troy Hayden and Andrea Robinson, “Look at all these talented people!”

Wearing top hats and shimmering in gold and black, the Chorale performed excerpts from their upcoming show Broadway Blast! The Sinatra standard, New York, New York was followed by Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses from the hit musical, Gypsy.

President Dr. Anita Murcko explained that NVC would be singing and dancing for the first time ever on The Herberger Theater stage, May 5 & 6. Murcko guaranteed, “You’ll have a blast at NVC’s Broadway Blast!” – and warned viewers to get their tickets soon-before the expected sellout. 

Did you miss the segment? Want to see it again or share it? Thanks to Fox 10 Arizona Morning, you can click here to see the NVC Broadway Blast! sneak preview.

Visit the NVC website calendar for dates and details about the upcoming North Valley Chorale events and concerts.

June 28 – July 12, 2016
North Valley Chorale Returns from Successful European Concert Tour

Tour_Group_Outside Melk AbbeyNorth Valley Chorale tour members outside the Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria

This summer Director Eleanor Johnson led the North Valley Chorale (NVC) on the group’s first international concert tour, American Showcase-Europe Tour 2016.  The American Showcase concert program was available in German, Czech and English. The Chorale delighted concert-goers in Munich (Germany), Salzburg and Vienna (Austria), and Prague (Czech Republic) with selections from Broadway musicals, spirituals, folk songs, and traditional and contemporary American music. NVC members also participated in a 2-day Mozart master class that culminated in the performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and choirs from around the globe as part of the international “Sing Mit” Choir Festival. From the awe-inspiring cathedrals, magnificent palaces and grand museums to intimate community centers and tiny monasteries, North Valley Chorale members agreed that each performance… and each audience was very special. Most members described the American Showcase-Europe Tour 2016 as “trip of a lifetime.” All agreed that the musical, cultural, social and gastronomic aspects of the experience were equally wonderful and that the only way to have improved the trip was if every NVC member was able to tour with us.

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