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Recordings of the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir

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SVCC Christmas albumThe Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir (SVCC), part of the music department, has released its newest holiday CD, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." A compilation of holiday music from 2007-08 and 2008-09, the CD includes songs by the Preparatory, Treble and Concert Choirs of the acclaimed children's choir program.

Favorites from the Christmas concerts include "Hope for Resolution," "Go Where I Send Thee," John Rutter's "Carol of the Children" and Eleanor Daley's "What Sweeter Music." Guest instrumentalists Marlon Foster, percussion, and Lew Morrison, bass, are featured on "It's the Most Wonderful time of the Year," while guest flutists Mary Kay Adams and Carol Warner are featured on "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy." Guest soloists include Sophie Wellington on "My Favorite Things" as well as Ben Elliott and Natalie Doughty on the medieval "Cuncti Simus."

Other contributions include the Treble Choir's "We Will Sing For Joy," "Jingle Bell Swing" and the Preparatory Choir's "Celebrate This Happy Holy Day" and "Christmas Comin'" composed by the arranger Celah K. Pence. Featured soloists include Jack Anderson and Claire Koeppen.

Cost and purchase locations

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" CDs are available for $16 in Harrisonburg at the EMU Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, Parkview Pharmacy, the Wild Bird Center, VMRC Main Street Store, Williamson Hughes Pharmacy and Home Health, Adona Music, and Rocktown Gift Shoppe.

Dayton locations include the Silver Lake Mill, Crafty Hands and Ten Thousand Villages. In Bridgewater, CDs may be found at Tis the Season and Ruth's Books and in Staunton at The Staunton Music Store. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, the Woodstock Café and Shoppe in Woodstock and Stone Soup Books in Waynesboro also carry the CDs.

About the SVCC

The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, founded in 1992, includes three auditioned choirs, three young children's classes, 220 children and a staff of five.

The SVCC will hold their Christmas 2009 concerts on December 5 & 6 at EMU's Lehman Auditorium and will collaborate with the Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet. For more information, visit www.emu.edu/svcc or contact Judy Leaman, choir manager, at (540) 432-4650.