SVCC History

1991-92

Founder and first artistic director Julia J. White makes plans with the Eastern Mennonite University music department to start a children’s choir. Spring and fall 1992 auditions are held.

1992-93

Rehearsals begin in the fall with 37 members grades 4-8. Accompanist John Fast begins with SVCC. Concerts held fall and spring and Bach Festivals with orchestra in June.

1993-94

Preparatory Choir (grades 2-3) is added and membership totals 60. Concerts include choir exchange with Fairfax Children’s Choir, fall and spring concerts, American Boychoir concert, and Bach Festival.

1994-95

Membership totals 94 in Preparatory Choir (grades 2-4, 28 members), Concert Choir (grades 5-8, 46 members), and Girls Choir (grades 9-12, 18 members). Concerts include fall, Christmas and spring, American Boychoir, State Reading Association in Richmond. Brent Holl is added to the staff as Music Theory Instructor.

1995-96

Ensembles are restructured. Membership totals 97 in Preparatory Choir (grades 3-5),Concert Choir (grades 6-12), and new Chorale (grades 8-12). Concerts include fall, Christmas, and spring, Evensong, local run-out concerts, Washington DC tour with Fairfax CC. SVCC skirts and vests purchased. Judy Leaman begins part-time as Choir Manager.

1996-97

Membership totals 101 in Preparatory and Concert Choirs. The first SVCC recording, Where the Music Comes From, is released on cassette tape. Dr. John Hilliard commissioned for work with SVCC; concerts include fall, spring, opera at JMU, Virginia Music Educators Association, Christmas with JMU brass, Evensong, and Bach Festival.

1997-98

Membership totals 117 in Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11), NEW Treble Choir (ages 10-15) and Concert Choir (ages 11-18). Concert Choir sings at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. with opera start Placido Domingo, Martha Reeves, Lorrie Morgan, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and President and Mrs. Clinton. Concert Choir participates in the Carnegie Hall Children’s Choir Festival Festival in New York City. Fall and spring concerts continue, along with participation in the Back Festival. When Children Sing CD is released. Thomas Tutwiler is hired as assistant Preparatory Choir Director.

1998-99

Membership totals 136 in Preparatory, Treble, and Concert Choirs. Celah Pence begins as assistant directory of the Preparatory Choir. Performances include the Virginia Music Educator Association Meeting at The Homestead, fall, Christmas, and spring, AGO in Charlottesville, and choir exchanged with Roanoke Children’s Choir in Roanoke and Harrisonburg.

1999-2000

Membership totals 151 in Preparatory, Treble, and Concert Choirs. Concert Choir sings at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, and for East Coast Rotary Meeting at Homestead in addition to regular fall, Christmas and Spring concerts. An Angel Choir class is added in January for ages 6-7.

2001-01

Membership totals 175 in Angel Choir (ages 6-7), Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. Concert Choir makes its first international tour to the Tuscany Children’s Choir Festival in Florence, Italy, in July, 2001. Concert Choir is headline choir at Organization of American Kodály Educators Conference in Williamsburg. CDs Our Own Song and A Sparkling Christmas released. Erica McClellan begins as accompanist, Joy Anderson begins as Angel Choir Director, and David Williams begins as Music Theory Instructor. Judy Leaman becomes full-time Choir Manager.

2001-02

Membership totals 175 in Angel Choir, Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. Maurita Eberly begins as accompanist. The Concert Choir sings by invitation at the American Choral Directors Association Conference with the Florida State University Singers and Sir David Willcocks from London, England in Festival Concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, in addition to regular fall, Christmas and Spring concerts.

2002-03

Membership totals 192 in two Angel Choirs, Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir and Concert Choir. Concert Choir performs concert with Blue Ridge Choristers in Winchester, Virginia, in Washington, DC, and on Concert Series in Staunton. American Boychoir sings concert and Boychoir workshop is held. Christmas Comin’ and Here’s to Song CDs are released this year. Music theory book study is replaced by Kodály sight-singing plan.

2003-04

Membership totals 192 in two Angel Choirs, Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. A quintet from The Washington Symphonic Brass joins the choirs for the annual Christmas Concerts. Winds of Peace CD is released in the Fall. Concert Choir is headline choir for Children in Harmony Festival in Orlando. Joy Anderson is named Assistant Director for Angel Choir, Prep Choir, and solfege studies. Ruby Hostetler serves as interim Angel Choir II director. Kodály sight singing plan, designed by Mrs. Anderson, is implemented.

2004-05

Membership totals 193 in two Angel Choirs, Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter CD is released in October. Christmas concerts include guest harpist, and regular fall and spring concerts are performed. Concert Choir participants in the Pacific Rim Children’s Chorus Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July.

2005-06

Membership totals 220 in three Angel Choirs, Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir. Fall and spring concerts are performed, and Christmas concerts feature violinists. Concert Choir is featured in Contemporary Music Festival at JMU. Selected members perform with Cetic violinist Eileen Ivers. Composer Paul Bouman writes Nobody Songs for SVCC. Concert Choirs sings for the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Charleston, West Virginia, and at the Heritage Festival for advanced Treble Choirs in New York City. Shenandoah CD is released.

2006-07

SVCC celebrates 15th anniversary! Membership totals 227 in five classes (Beginners & Explorers), Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. Fall and spring concerts are given, and Christmas concerts feature Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet. American Boychoir sings concert with SVCC in February. Concert Choir participates in the Carnegie Hall Children’s Chorus Festival in New York City in May. Silent Night CD is released. Linda Hatcher is added as part-time office staff.

2007-08

Membership totals 202 in four classes (Beginners & Explorers), Preparatory Choir, Treble Choir, and Concert Choir. Concert Choir sings for Desmond Tutu Award Ceremony at JMU in September, and participates in Voices United Children’s Choir Festival with three other children’s choirs in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February before Julia White goes on sabbatical. Janet Hostetter serves as guest director for remainder of spring semester. Christmas Joy CD is released. Yvette replaces Linda Hatcher as part-time office staff.

2012-13

Founder and first artistic director Julia White steps down after 20 years of service. EMU leadership thanks Ms. White for the vision, dedication, leadership and excellence she brought to the SVCC over two decades. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy begins in the role of interim music director and Ethan Zook becomes the interim executive director.