Since its debut in 1955, the Ocean Grove Choir Festival has remained one of the most popular sacred music events of the Mid-Atlantic region. This annual festival is held in July and features hundreds of singers, exciting guest conductors, a brass ensemble, and a magnificent pipe organ. It’s a wonderful event for guests of all ages! Whether you’re a Jersey Shore local or are visiting for the weekend, attending the Choir Festival should be on your to-do list. Here are some of the things you’ll see there.
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Experience the Ocean Grove Choir Festival
The Choir Festival is held at the historic Ocean Grove Great Auditorium, a beloved venue on the Jersey Shore. It’s considered the most impressive auditorium in the state and is known for its breathtaking architecture and acoustics. Constructed in 1894, the facility can seat over 6,000 people and hosts worship services, concerts, and other entertainment programs throughout the year. It even boasts one of the largest pipe organs in the world! Read our blog to find out more.
Under the baton of Dr. Jason C. Tramm, a number of renowned conductors and musicians lead the festival chorus in twelve beautiful anthems. The choir is composed of over 1,500 voices from all over the world, and they practice together for weeks before producing a thrilling concert of anthems, hymns, and readings. Feel free to bring a singing friend and enjoy a worship experience that’s not to be missed!
Note: If you’re planning to sing in the choir, women are requested to wear all white or a white top with a dark skirts/pants. Men should also wear a white shirt with a dark tie and black pants.
Dining & Refreshments
There’s nothing better than dinner and a show. For a great meal after the concert, head to one of the many restaurants in Ocean Grove. From sidewalk cafés to romantic bistros, there are plenty of fantastic eateries just steps from the venue! Reservations are strongly recommended so be sure to call ahead.
The Choir Festival also hosts an annual Choir Festival Dinner in the air-conditioned Youth Temple, located across the street from the auditorium. Click here to reserve your seats.
Book Your Stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove
The Ocean Grove Choir Festival is just one of many events held in Ocean Grove each year! If you’re searching for a place to stay during the festival, look no further than the Inns of Ocean Grove. Our beautiful hotels are just steps away and offer top-notch service and accommodations. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of amenities like private bathrooms, refrigerators, coffee makers, and more. We even provide a delicious continental breakfast each morning! Be sure to check our July availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the festival!
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