B Choir Quick Facts:
Rehearsal Time: Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm (DuPont Chapel, Hollins University)
Ages: 8-11 years old (3rd – 6th graders)
Level: Intermediate Training Choir
Size: 35-50 Choristers
Director: Ms. Kimberly Davidson
About the B Choir:
The “B” Choir is the second level Training Choir. Continued study in artistic vocal skills of beautiful tone, unison vowels, proper breath support, and basic music reading skills are emphasized, along with the introduction of more challenging repertoire including two-part music and songs sung in a foreign language. Sight singing, clapping rhythms, and music theory is also introduced. The “B” Choir is usually 35-50 members and choristers range in age from 8 – 11 years old (3rd – 6th 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 “B” Choir?
The “B” in B Choir stands for Bridge Choir. Bridges are common in classical music and are formally referred to as a bridge-passage. They are the transitional section between two parts of a song, smoothing over what would otherwise be an abrupt modulation. The bridge passage in music transitions between two sections, just as the Bridge Choir is like a bridge itself – transitioning into more advanced songs and learning more technical skills. The B Choir is the second level of the 3 training choirs. It’s a little more challenging, but not too hard – a good transitional level. It’s where your basic skills are stretched, grown, and improved!
All choristers remain in the B Choir for one year and then are automatically moved up to the B+ Choir for the next year.
*Prerequisite: One year in “A” Choir or placement by the Director after audition.