Collaboration with ECSU Chorale
Consonare Choral Community is a nonprofit choral arts organization created in 2018 to build community through choral music in Connecticut. Consonare works to build and cultivate community, primarily for women and children, through inclusive choral music education and performance opportunities at minimal cost, as well as engage the public in quality, collaborative, creative, and affordable choral programming. We strive to ensure our community programs nurture all levels of singers and our chamber choir performances allow professional level choral music inclusive and accessible to all through sponsoring the following ensembles:
Consonare Community Choir
Consonare Choral Community Incorporated, through sponsorship of several performing ensembles, strives to:
create affordable opportunities for musicians and community members to experience quality choral music that acknowledges representation;
explore the practices of consonance, social justice, and collaboration through creative, inclusive, and innovative choral programming;
promote an inclusive and intergenerational atmosphere for all singers;
nurture the creative potential of every singer through the encouragement of healthy vocal techniques and artistic excellence within the choral setting;
enrich the lives of a diverse population of musicians and the greater community through singing
Our ensembles have sung for many local community events, as well as had the privilege to perform at the Mark Twain House & Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Hill-Stead Museum, Wadsworth-Athenenum Museum, the Packing House, and many local churches. We have been honored to collaborate with UConn Earthtones, ECSU Chorale, Uconntabile, Hartford Opera Theater, Conn-Men, Thread City Classical Dance, Joshua's Trust, Town of Mansfield, Mark Twain House & Museum, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, as well as raise donations for The Neighbor Fund, Lift Music Fund, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and the Covenant Soup Kitchen.
What is "consonare"? "Consonance" is an accord or agreement and in music it is combination of tones we find pleasing, creating a unity of sound. The word is derived from the Latin word "con-son-are" (to sound together).
Collaboration with Thread City Dance
Meet our Team
Sarah Kaufold, Founding and Artistic Director of Consonare Choral Community
Sarah Kaufold is an experienced conductor, singer, and music educator who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience. Sarah has directed choirs for singers of all ages, range of abilities, and in a number of settings, which include: church choral programs for children and adults, teaching middle and high school, collegiate choirs, adult community programs, and now at the professional level. With a supportive group of musicians, Sarah embarked on the creation of Consonare Choral Community, in 2018 to explore building community through choral music, where she directs Choir Matrix and Voices of Concinnity in addition to managing the organization. Sarah holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from UConn with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator. She currently sings with two professional chamber choirs, Collegium Ancora and Alchemy. Learn more about Sarah at sarahkaufold.com
Grace Carver, Youth Chorus Director
Grace Carver is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut, holding a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Music Education, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. During her undergraduate and graduate years at UConn, Grace has had many enriching experiences working with and teaching students from Tolland, Lebanon, Woodstock, Rocky Hill, and Plainfield. Most recently, Grace co-directed and conducted Plainfield High School’s Concert Choir, Chorale, and Chamber Choir. This past summer, she held the position of music director at the Newington Children’s Theater Company. A singer and performer, Grace is returning to UConn this upcoming Fall to complete the Performer’s Certificate program. She is thrilled to be the newest addition to Consonare and can’t wait to create beautiful music with the young musicians of the Youth Chorus!
Board of Directors
Kara Hart, Board President
Sarah Kaufold, Executive Director
Helene Marcy, Secretary
Dr. Mark Boyer, Treasurer
Dr. Louisa Baker
Recognition & Support
We are Grateful for the Following Recognition
2020 Alfred Nash Paterson Grant Recipient
2020 Covid Relief Grant Recipient
2022 Grant Recipient from CT Office of the Arts
With the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.”
2021 Phoenix Award Recipient
2022 Quick Grant Recipient from CT Humanities
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.
2022 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant Recipient
Support has been provided to Consonare Choral Community from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.