Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Harmonium Choral Society brings fun Beer Choir to the East Coast!

WHEN: October 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison
$35 in advance, $40 for the day of event. Funds raised at this event benefit Harmonium Choral Society; a nonprofit organization that works to keep the choral arts alive.

Come sing with us and our choral community for the first ever, and hopefully not the last, Beer Choir on the East Coast. This is a national singing movement founded by composer Michael Engelhardt in Minnesota in 2015. There are now Beer Choir chapters all over the United States. 

If you like beer, and you like to sing, you’ll love Beer Choir. This isn’t like your traditional choir—if you show up, you ARE the choir! No singing experience required; just come and sing, drink, and laugh together! There will be non-alcoholic beverages available, and your ticket includes entry, one beer/drink, and snacks.

The singing will be led by our very own artistic director, Dr. Anne Matlack, who will encourage all to sing, and will be supported by a kindly pianist. Get ready to join in on traditional drinking songs from Europe and America, some popular tunes and hymns, and a handful of adventurous choral songs from the official Beer Choir Hymnal, a songbook of drinking song classics, original works, and favorite melodies updated with irreverent lyrics.

We are partnering with Glenbrook Brewery, located in Morristown, New Jersey, to pour three of their finest beers at the Beer Choir. Their signature Colonial Ale is made with the finest ingredients and artisan craftsmanship by their award-winning head brewer.

You don’t need to love choral music, or even sing well, to enjoy Beer Choir—all you need to do is show up. 


Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society, directed by Dr. Anne Matlack of Madison, has been recognized for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit, and sponsors commissions and musicianship workshops. Harmonium's composers-in-residence are Mark Miller and Martin Sedek; the chorus has also commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Dale Trumbore, and many more. The chorus also sponsors an annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, which celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2024.  This innovative program won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award.

Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about Harmonium, please visit