Open to children ages 7-18, the program includes four choirs, each focusing on a specific level of development and musicianship. Students enter the program through a personal audition with the Director and are placed into the Appoggiatura Choir, Bridge, Advanced Bridge or Concert Choirs. Auditions are held in the spring of each year.
This challenging program of voice and choral repertoire demands dedication and discipline from its young members. This commitment to excellence has resulted in an impressive resume for the Children’s Choir, including a joint concert with the United States Army Band, being chosen twice as the Official Choir of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, a featured solo choir twice at Carnegie Hall, and selected to sing at the 2008 Southern Division ACDA Convention. The Children’s Choir also performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke.
The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir provides an enriching supplement to school music classes. We offer an in-depth study of the voice in a specialized choral setting, while providing performance experiences in a variety of situations.
Each rehearsal includes vocal warm-ups and training to ensure a proper start for the young voice. Diction, stage presence and breathing techniques are taught in order to provide a well-rounded, high quality choral experience. All children are given the opportunity to sing both melody and harmony parts to help encourage the young voice to develop its entire vocal range.
The Children’s Choir is committed to providing a musical experience designed to allow children personal as well as musical growth. Through expanding knowledge, self-discipline and self-expression, the child acquires a great sense of his/her own worth. A sense of community is developed in many ways: providing entertainment for community events such as festivals, seasonal programs and occasionally participating in liturgical music of worship services throughout the valley.