What Is Chorus Angelicus?
It’s a world-renowned choir based in Torrington. This popular music group was conceived and founded in the 1990s by Paul Halley, as part of Joyful Noise, Inc., a non-profit organization that administers both Chorus Angelicus and the adult ensemble Gaudeamus. A student of piano, organ, and singing, Halley studied and performed in various venues around the world and eventually settled in northwest Connecticut, where he was made director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington and established Joyful Noise choirs.
In 2007, Halley relocated to Nova Scotia, leaving the chorus in the hands of artistic director Gabriel Löfvall, junior choir director Laurie Ellington, and training choirs director Karen Sovak.
Boys and girls attending kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to join and pursue their interest in music. Classes are created to develop music and performance skills, including ear training, theory, and movement. The first level of their education is the non-auditioned Training Choir, which meets in Torrington from September to June. Those members who choose can then move on to audition for the Junior Choir and the Senior Choir of Chorus Angelicus.
The chorus presents a varied repertoire and is frequently invited to perform at workshops, concerts, and festivals. The Christmas concerts are some of the most popular in the area, the first of which will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington on December 6, 2015.