December 20,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  Hailed as an emerging young talent, Maestro Steven Fox, the 38-year old Music Director of Bergen County’s  acclaimed Pro Arte Chorale and other musical organizations has received critical praise in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and more. Now, as Artistic Director of New York’s Clarion Music Society, he has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance of the Year, for their recording of Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week.

Steven and The Clarion Choir recently travelled on a State Department sponsored tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow for the Russian premiere performances of Steinberg’s long-hidden 1920s liturgical masterwork.

The Pro Arte Chorale congratulates Steven on this significant musical achievement, and is honored to share his talent with our local communities in Bergen County and Northern New Jersey through our concert programs.  

Founded in 1964, the Pro Arte Chorale is one of New Jersey’s foremost volunteer choruses and is considered one of the top-ranked regional choruses in America. The Chorale has  appeared at such major concert venues as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Carnegie Hall, and has performed  with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and American Symphony Orchestra.

Pro Arte  is committed to supporting local education endeavors and to enriching the lives of its audience and the broader community by exploring a variety of classic musical traditions over more than six centuries, up to and including Opera Choruses, American Spirituals and even Broadway Show Tunes.

To find out how you can become a supporter of  Pro Arte  or to learn more about its upcoming schedule of performances, visit

Pro Arte Chorale is a nonprofit volunteer chorus of about 50 auditioned members, committed to the public performance of classic choral music in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan Area.  Now in its 53rd consecutive annual concert season, Pro Arte is supported by its operating income and by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.