Performing Choirs

All choirs rehearse on Monday evenings

Concert choir

EMU Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir - Concert ChoirThe Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, consists of 60-70 advanced choristers ages 10-18 and sings in 2-4 parts and many languages, studying challenging vocal techniques, score analysis, and dissonant intervals in the repertoire used. Performance at the highest level is a focus of this choir, and the Concert Choir serves as the most showcased performing group of the SVCC. A music reading, aural skills and theory segment each week is a continuation of the skills learned in Prep and Treble Choirs.

The Concert Choir’s schedule includes local and out-of-town performances as well as domestic and international tours. Concert Choir meets for 1 hour and 45 minutes each week with break, from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Treble choir

EMU Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir - Treble ChoirThe Treble Choir, directed by Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, is comprised of girls and boys ages 9-14 with a basic knowledge of musicianship skills, singing, and note reading. This intermediate choir of 30-40 singers continues the fundamentals learned in the Preparatory Choir and includes singing in rounds, and goes on to more difficult 2-3 part singing. Vocal techniques and sight singing skills are continued. A weekly music literacy segment includes ear training, and melodic and rhythmic reading. Mid-year and end-of-year evaluations are conducted with each chorister.

The Treble Choir performs at the fall, Christmas, and spring concerts. Treble Choir meets alone 35 minutes each week (total of 1 hour 15 minutes), from 4:45-6:15 p.m. The Preparatory and Treble Choirs combined are directed by Dr. van der Vat-Chromy and meet each week for about 35 minutes before rehearsing separately with Mrs. Anderson or Dr. van der Vat-Chromy.

Prep choir

EMU Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir - Preparatory ChoirThe Preparatory Choir, directed by Joy Anderson, is the youngest of SVCC’s performing choirs. It consists of 20-35 choristers, ages 7-11, who have passed an audition and who are able to match pitch. The primary purpose of the Prep Choir is learning, not performing, although the choir performs at Christmas and spring concerts. Choristers learn the basics of singing, including breathing, diction, posture, vocal production, and performance. A weekly music literacy segment includes ear training and melodic and rhythmic reading. Unison and part singing is taught through great choral literature and rounds.

Prep Choir meets alone for 35 minutes each week. (total of 1 hour 15 minutes), from 4:45-6:15 p.m.