Education, Artistry, and Community through Music
Music in the Somerset Hills (MISH) is a musical community whose mission is to create musical experiences of the highest quality for those who live and work in the Somerset Hills and the surrounding area – north to Morristown, south to Somerville, east to Madison and west to Clinton – providing performances and educational opportunities that will enhance the lives of people of all ages and all levels of ability.
MISH was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Stephen Sands, an experienced choir director, educator, and acclaimed tenor with the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
MISH has three primary programs:
The Somerset Hills Chorus is open to anyone aged 14 and upwards, with or without expertise. Members perform alongside seasoned professionals in venues within and around the community.
The Concert Series brings accomplished professional musicians to perform with the Chorus in local venues. Performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Semele and Messiah, anniversary concerts of works by Beethoven,
Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein, a jazz concert of George Shearing works, the Fauré Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, A Celebration of African American Music led by J. Donald Dumpson, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Water Music performed on the water at The Lake Club in Far Hills, and Music of the Movies with Peter Dinklage.
Visiting performers have included Chanticleer, Canadian Brass, The King’s Singers, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Frederica von Stade, Michael Fabiano, Dashon Burton, The Westminster Bell Choir and Antioch Chamber Ensemble.
MISH has also hosted organ recitals, wind concerts, string quartets, carol sings, and vocal recitals.
Music Education includes an extensive Early Childhood Music Program, summer music camps for children and teens, and a Guitar Workshop for adults. MISH also offers scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate musical excellence.
Thank you for supporting Music in the Somerset Hills. Be part of the excitement!
Richard Somerset Ward
President of the Board