The RVCC rehearses at Bethel Baptist Church in Salem VA.
Click the video below to learn more about the RVCC from the Director, Kim Davidson.
About the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir:
The Roanoke Valley Children's Choir was founded by Director, Kim Davidson, in 1987. Open to children ages 7-18, the RVCC 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 A Choir, B Choir, B+ Choir, or Concert Choir. 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, 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 and 2014 Southern Division ACDA Conventions. The Concert Choir was a featured choir at the National ACDA Convention in 2015 at Salt Lake City. The Children’s Choir also performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke, and hosts an Annual Community Holiday Sing-A-Long in December each year.
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.
“As conductor, I have the privilege of working with Children’s Choirs from across the United States. Without question, the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir is the best prepared, most enthusiastic Children’s Choir! These wonderful kids get training at the highest level and I know when I invite them to sing with our professional symphony I can count on Kim Davidson and the RVCC to have a first rate group to sing with us.
The experiences that these young people get through singing in the RVCC will bring them a life-long love of music and singing. This is the greatest gift we can give not only to these children but also to our future leaders in our communities”.
–Maestro David Stewart Wiley, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
“As Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke I’ve had the great pleasure of collaborating with Kim Davidson and the RVCC on a number of different Opera Roanoke productions over the years. I’ve always been so impressed with every aspect of Ms. Davidson’s leadership. The care and consummate integrity with which she prepares her young people is second to none. I conduct with orchestras and opera companies all over the country. I can say without exaggeration that Ms. Davidson’s work with the RVCC represents the highest level of musical and artistic integrity.
It would be impossible to overstate the value of the RVCC, not only to the families of the young people who participate, but also to our entire community. For twenty nine years, director Kimberly Ruse Davidson has provided for countless young people a matchless musical environment in which the properties of beauty, discipline, logic, commitment, confidence, humility, respect and love all thrive in harmonious compatibility. Ms. Davidson accomplishes this nurturing act of loving kindness through high expectations for her participants and her unwavering implementation of the highest musical standards.”
–Maestro Steven White, Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera & past Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke