Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir
The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, or SVCC, is a nationally acclaimed children’s choir program based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Eastern Mennonite University. For over 20 years we have provided young people in the Shenandoah Valley with quality performance, music education, touring and recording opportunities.
Meet the Interim Music Director
Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music education at James Madison University, is serving as interim music director of the Children’s Choir for the 2012-2013 season. She led the choir through a celebratory winter concert in December and she is now preparing students for their March 17 spring concert.
Julia J. White, founder and artistic director of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC), stepped down from her role with the choir in August 2012 after two decades of musical excellence. EMU leadership thanks Ms. White for the vision, dedication, leadership and excellence she brought to the SVCC, and the EMU community wishes Ms. White well in her professional pursuits going forward.
About the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir
Our program includes 140 children in three auditioned performing choirs and two non-auditioned early elementary classes.
The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir is an advanced choral music education program for children who love to sing and seek a high-powered, accelerated learning and performing environment. SVCC choristers receive instruction in vocal production, diction, breathing, score study, musicianship, theory and performing skills, informed strongly by the Kodály approach.
Singing a cappella, in unison as well as in 2 to 4 parts, SVCC choristers experience a broad range of choral literature including classical music, folk music of many cultures, and sacred and secular songs. Our varied repertoire centers on thematically appropriate educational entry-points, with specific emphasis on peace, friendship, nature, community building and love.
Based at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the children’s choir draws students from across the Shenandoah Valley. Learn more about our mission and philosophy…