Newcomer FAQ's


  • How often does the RVCC rehearse?

Rehearsals are on Mondays from September through April at Bethel Baptist Church in Salem, Va.

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

  • B+ Choir - Mondays from 5:00-6:30 PM

  • C Choir - Mondays from 7:00-9:00 PM


  • What is the cost of tuition?


(Full year costs, including 2 semesters)

  • A Choir: $525/year

  • B Choir: $525/year

  • B+ Choir: $555/year

  • C Choir: $630/year

** 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 price.


  • What other expenses are there to be in the RVCC?

Formal Concert costumes: (click for more info)Approximately $70 - $100
Fall Retreat:Approximately $90
Choir T-shirt: (click for more info)Approximately $15 - $20
Required music books:Approximately $15
Concert tickets:$15 - $21 for adults
Spring Choral Festival for the A B B+ Choirs:Approximately $180
  • 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 are auditions held?

Bethel Baptist Church in Salem, Va. (1601 S COLORADO ST, SALEM, VA)

Location may be different if audition is made by appointment after the main audition time.


  • 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. For Summer Auditions on August 4th, you will find out right away if you have been accepted into the choir!


  • When do rehearsals start?

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


  • When are auditions?

Auditions are regularly held in May each year.


  • What if I miss the annual newcomer audition date?

If you’ve missed the newcomer audition date, an audition may be able to be scheduled by appointment using this audition contact form, or by contacting the Director, Ms. Davidson, at 540-676-7265 or


  • 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