A Choir Quick Facts:
Rehearsal Time: Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm (DuPont Chapel, Hollins University)
Ages: 7-9 years old (2nd– 4th graders)
Level: Beginning Training Choir
Size: About 35 Choristers
Director: Mrs. Pattie Clevenger
About the A Choir:
The “A” Choir is the youngest level Training Choir in the RVCC. Artistic vocal skills of beautiful tone, unison vowels, proper breath support, and basic music reading skills are emphasized. Most of the repertoire is sung in unison. The “A” Choir is kept to under 35 students to allow for maximized individual attention. Choristers in the A Choir range in age from 7 – 9 years old (2nd – 4th grade). Performance opportunities include the annual Christmas and Spring Concerts with the RVCC at the Jefferson Center, the annual Community Carol Sing-Along, the ABB+ School Tour in December, and the Music in the Parks Festival in Williamsburg, VA in the Spring.
Behind the Name: Why is it called the “A” Choir?
Appoggiatura is the musical term for a grace note – the smallest and shortest type of note used in music. So, just as the appoggiatura note is the smallest type of note in music, the Appoggiatura Choir (or A Choir) is the smallest and youngest choir in the RVCC. The A Choir is the first level of the 3 training choirs – it’s where you learn the basics and where it all begins!
*All choristers remain in the A Choir for one year and then are automatically moved up to the B Choir for the next year.