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 who love song with quality performance, music education, touring and recording opportunities.

Meet the Music Director

EMU SVCC Music Director Janet Hostetter Janet Hostetter joins the choir in August 2014 as the new music director. Hostetter is a 1987 graduate of EMU’s music program. Hostetter earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from James Madison University. In the spring of 2008, she served as SVCC guest director during the founding director’s sabbatical.

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 two to four 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…