Sunday, October 16, 2022



Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau will lead the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus for an immersive, season-long journey through joy, stormy seas, and shimmering stillness. 

This season’s performances feature traditional holiday favorites in December, a trio of tempestuous classics in March, and a series of iconic shorter works in May. Season subscribers are guaranteed the best seats and the best prices to all concerts.

On Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 3 p.m., MCC returns to the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank with our beloved annual holiday program. Dr. Brandau masterfully intertwines his stirring original settings of holiday favorites with the best of Handel and Bach in Joy to the World: Your Favorites from Handel’s Messiah and the RJB Holiday Suite. Familiar tunes and well-known carols will bring tidings of comfort and joy to the Basie. Tickets for premium seating are $50 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $20 student; and for regular seating are $35 adult, $32 senior, $30 group, $15 student.

In March, Monmouth Civic Chorus presents Singing Up a Storm: A Trio of Tempestuous Classics. The performance on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 4 p.m. at The Parish of St. Mary, 1 Phalanx Road, Colts Neck, features the vocal and instrumental fireworks of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Rosephanye Powell’s Cry of Jeremiah. Ticket prices are $40 adult, $35 senior, $30 group, $20 student.

For the final concert of the season, the Chorus presents a collection of iconic shorter works originating in the United States and Europe, featuring favorites by Morten Lauridsen to celebrate his 80th year. Message in a Bottle: Songs Sent Across the Seas takes place Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, 118 West Main Street, Freehold. Ticket prices are $35 adult, $32 senior, $30 group, $15 student.

Subscriptions are $100 for all three concerts, a 20% savings on full-price tickets. Student subscriptions are $44. Subscribers receive premium seats for the holiday concert, which have sold out year after year. Subscriptions, tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.

Monmouth Civic Chorus is currently accepting audition applications for the 2022-23 season and especially encourages tenors and basses to consider joining. Find applications and information on the audition process at

About Monmouth Civic Chorus: Monmouth Civic Chorus makes the music that moves you. The Chorus has been called “near-flawless” (Asbury Park Press), “alive and evocative” (The Star-Ledger) and “superior” (Red Bank Green). MCC is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and a third-place winner of the 2018-19 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.

About Ryan James Brandau: Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He has also served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has worked with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician, whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.