Newcomer FAQ's


  • How often does the RVCC rehearse?

Rehearsals are on Mondays from September through April on the campus of Hollins University in the duPont Chapel. 

A/B Choir             Mondays from 4:00-5:30

B+ choir                Mondays from 5:00-6:30

C Choir                 Mondays from 7:00-9:00


  • What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition costs for the 2017-18 year are:    

A Choir:  $235 per semester                             

B Choir:  $235 per semester                                  

B+ Choir: $245 per semester                                 

C Choir:  $285 per semester                                  

** If you have more than one child in the RVCC, we offer a $20 discount per child for any child AFTER the first child.  The first child pays the full tuition price.


  • What other expenses are there to be in the RVCC?
Formal Concert costumes: Approximately $80
Fall Retreat: Approximately $80
Choir T-shirt: Approximately $10
Required music books: Approximately $15
Concert tickets: $15-$21 for adults
Spring Choral Festival for the A B B+ Choirs: Approximately $165
  • How many performances does the RVCC do each year?

All choirs participate in the annual Holiday Concert in December and the annual Spring Concert in April of each year.  Concerts are held at Shaftman Hall at the Jefferson Center.

The Training Choirs also perform at the annual School Tour to three local elementary schools in December of each year and for judges at the Music Festival in Williamsburg in April of each year.

The Concert Choir performs at Holiday Pops with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and also for several community events each year.


  • Does the RVCC take any special trips? 

Yes!  The Training Choirs travel to Williamsburg in April each year to participate in the Music In the Parks festival.

The Concert Choirs participates in a Children’s Choir festival or in an Honor Performance in the Spring or Summer of each year.  Past Concert Choir performances include the Southern Division ACDA convention as a featured performer in 2008 and 2014 and at the National ACDA Convention in 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Festivals  have taken the Concert Choir to Chicago, New York, London, and Canada!


  • What kind of music does the RVCC perform?

Our focus is on music that builds beautiful singing and artistic music skills.  Although we emphasize classical music, we also sing, Holiday Music, folk songs, Patriotic songs, music from other countries and one featured Broadway medley at each concert.


  • Which choir will I be in? A, B, B+, or C?

Ms. Davidson places all newly auditioning choristers in a specific choir based on age and ability.


  • I’ve completed 1 year in the RVCC – which choir will I be in next year?

Choristers in the A Choir automatically move up the B Choir the following year.  Choristers in the B Choir automatically move up to the B+ Choir in the following year.  Choristers in the B+ Choir, remain in the B+ Choir until they are ready to audition for the Concert Choir.  Choristers in the C Choir stay through their senior year, graduating from High School.


  • Where do I park when I come to my audition?

Parking is in the East lot at Hollins University.  It is about a 5 minute walk to the Chapel for rehearsal.


  • Where are auditions held?

duPont Chapel at Hollins University.


  • How much time should I allow for my audition (including parking, check-in, waiting, and the audition)?

Please allow about 1 hour for your audition.


  • When do I find out if I’ve been accepted into the choir?

You’ll receive a letter in the mail approximately 2 weeks after your audition.


  • When do rehearsals start?

Rehearsals for the new choir year usually begin the last Monday in August.


  • When are auditions?

The next newcomer auditions are on May 5, 10:00am-2:00pm and May 7 & 10 3:30pm-8:30pm


  •  What if I miss the annual May audition?

If you’ve missed the May newcomer auditions, summer auditions are available by contacting Ms. Davidson at the choir office at 540-676-7265 or emailing


  • Can a chorister start choir at the beginning of the January semester?

There are very few spots available for a chorister to start in choir in the second semester which begins in January. The best time to start is at the beginning of the school year when our first semester begins. If you’ve missed both the May and Summer auditions and are interested in auditioning to join the choir starting in January, you can contact Ms. Davidson at the choir office at 540-676-7265 or email her at