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Chorus of Communities

40 Nishuane Road

Montclair, NJ.   07042 

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Our Director – Mr. Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan was appointed Director of Chorus of Communities during the summer of 2011.  A native of Iowa, he holds an undergraduate degree in Church Music from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and a Master of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.  As a young student he won first prize in numerous organ competitions and studied with several prominent organists, including André Marchal in Paris.

Since moving to New Jersey in 1978 he has served in several prestigious parish churches as Director of Music and Organist.  Most notably he served for 25 years at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.  During his tenure at St. Peter’s, he conducted a Choir of Men and Boys and two Parish Choirs of Men and Women, as well as assisting in the direction of The Girls Choir.  The Men and Boys Choir, under his direction, toured England, Ireland and Canada on 4 separate tours, singing in residence at such Cathedrals as Norwich, Bristol, Salisbury and Canterbury.  The Parish Choir of Men and Women drew attention for performances of great choral works such as Bach’s b minor Mass, Brahms’ Requiem and works of Benjamin Britten.

Most recently, Mr. Morgan has served as Director of Music at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair where he worked to develop a Treble Choir, a 3 octave Hand Bell Choir and a Concert Series called “Sundays at Three.”  The Choir of Men and Women grew to perform works such as Vaughan Williams “Five Mystical Songs” and “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” as well as developing a serious repertoire of Anglican Music, sung weekly at Sunday services.

Mr. Morgan is newly employed at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville where he conducts the Choir of Men and Women of 30 members and is developing a Hand Bell Choir and children’s program.  He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, The Royal School of Church Music and remains an active recitalist and vocal coach.


Just some of our Members

Dorothy Cielo  -  Committee Chairperson
Dorothy is a graduate of Montclair State Teacher's College with BS and MS degrees in a dual major of music and mathematics.  She is a retired school teacher having taught instrumental music as well as all High School mathematics courses from General Mathematics through Calculus.

Dorothy is blessed with two wonderful children, one grand daughter and twin grand sons, born 11/11/11.  She sang in church choirs for 30 years and enjoys crafts of all types, especially scrap booking and oil and acrylic painting.  The Zostovo style of Rosemaling painting is her favorite.

Dorothy enjoys singing with the Chorus of Communities and takes great pleasure in the fellowship and camaraderie among its members.


Selina Law 
Selina has a B.S. degree in Management and a M.Ed. degree in School Administration.  Besides music and arts, Selina loves tea.  She is a certified tea specialist.  For years, Selina worked in the field of education as a teacher and an administrator.  Currently, Selina is managing an online auction company in New York and her own tea company, Screen Tea.  Selina fully enjoys her experience with the Chorus of Communities:  the fellowship and the singing.


Steve Olivo  -  Legal Advisor to the Steering Committee
Steve is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School in Newark and currently works as a lawyer for the City of Newark.   He is also a music aficionado, especially of classical music and sacred oratorios.   He has been an outstanding tenor for the Chorus for the past 10 years and has served as President of the Concert Committee for 4 years.
Steve has been writing the "Program Notes" that appear in our concert programs for the past 6 years.