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Serendipity Chorale Marks 40th Anniversary With Norwalk Choir Fest

The Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend with a Choir Fest in Norwalk.
The Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend with a Choir Fest in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut will celebrate its 40th anniversary doing what it does best – singing.

The group, founded in 1976 by Gigi Van Dyke of Norwalk, will be heading a Choir Fest on Sunday at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Norwalk.

The free event starts at 3 p.m.

The church is at 3 Lewis St.

Joining the celebration will be The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, which is based in Katonah, N.Y.; combined choirs from the First Congregational Church in Norwalk, Cantor Deborah Gray and choir from Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield, and choir members of the United Methodist Church in Rowayton.

The Serendipity Chorale is composed of Fairfield County teachers, engineers, community volunteers, doctors, lawyers and even a retired fire chief.

Serendipity has performed from Boston to New York to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., to the Bahamas -- and many stops in between.

Dorothy Grimm has accompanied the group for two years.

In 1998, CBS and the late news anchor Peter Jennings recognized Van Dyke and the chorale for its valued “service to all mankind.”

Two years later, in 2000, then-Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell called the chorale a “Connecticut treasure.”

The chorale performs in schools, nursing homes, churches, synagogues and senior centers about 30 times a year.

Its repertoire includes Broadway show tunes, pop standards, folk songs, Negro spirituals and gospel songs.

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