About Us

The Waterbury Chorale was established in 1967 to provide an opportunity for singers from the Greater Waterbury area of Connecticut to enjoy and perform outstanding musical literature.

Current members of the Chorale reside in many Connecticut communities, including Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, Farmington, Goshen, Hamden, Litchfield, Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Newtown, Oakville, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Southbury, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

Board of Trustees 2016-2017

John Kotchian, Co-President
Ralph Belvedere, Co-President
Tom Conroy, Secretary
John Manning, Treasurer / Chair, Finance Committee
Jared Look, Chair, Marketing Committee
Bobby Bria, Chair, Membership Committee
Fred Krug, Co-Chair, Fundrasing / Event Committee
Pat Scharr, Co-Chair, Fundrasing / Event Committee
Joseph Jacovino, Jr., Music Director (ex-officio)

Members at Large:
Dawn Borecki
Rob Fenn
Carl Riccio
Dave Schuster
Bunny Wynn

The Waterbury Chorale brings outstanding choral music to the Greater Waterbury area, while providing an opportunity for amateur and semi-professional singers to enjoy the performance of great musical literature.

Joseph Jacovino Jr., Music Director

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Joseph J. Jacovino Jr.
Director of The Waterbury Chorale

This is Maestro Joseph J. Jacovino’s 13th season as Director of the Waterbury Chorale.

He graduated from the Hartt College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters Degree in Music Education. He retired in 2014 after 35 years as the Director of Music at Holy Cross High School, Waterbury, where he taught music theory, directed the concert band, jazz band, piano class, guitar and string ensembles, handbell choir, and the orchestras for spring musicals.

He has been the organist, cantor and choir director at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, for the past 18 years and in the latter capacity led a fifty-voice choir on a musical pilgrimage to Italy in July 2005. The choir itinerary included one concert each in Rome and Florence, performance of a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

Mr. Jacovino is currently the accompanist for the Connecticut Master Chorale, the Collegium at the Taft School in Watertown, the Heritage Village Singers, and the choirs at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. He has performed extensively as an accompanist throughout Connecticut for other choral groups as well and for CMEA festivals.

As a composer, Mr. Jacovino has written several sacred choral pieces and masses, including “Christmas at the Palace” (a tribute to the Waterbury Palace Theater), “Enshrined in the Grace of God”, (dedicated to Waterbury’s Shrine of St. Anne), and “Something Beautiful for God”, (based upon a prayer by Mother Teresa of Calcutta).

Mr. Jacovino has appeared on numerous occasions as organist and pianist in both classical and jazz styles and has been an active soloist throughout Connecticut, including piano soloist with the Waterbury Symphony orchestra, New Britain Symphony, Naugatuck Valley Community College Orchestra, St. Rose Festival Orchestra, and Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra.  Joe lives in Middlebury with his wife Roberta, and son Jay.  His daughter Sara is a professional composer/arranger/performer, living in NYC.


jenny_li_150wJenny Li, accompanist, was born and raised in Taiwan, where she was involved in various musical endeavors She earned her high school and Bachelors degree in flute performance in Taiwan and Masters from New York University. Jenny won “The Young Star Scholarship for the Arts” in TW, in 1990.