'It Takes A Village'

Children's Choir To Perform

Posted: March 12, 2013

Focusing on “world music and community,” the nationally acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir will perform its spring concert, “It Takes a Village,” on March 17 at 3 p.m. at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.

Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, SVCC interim music director, says lyrics from one of the songs describes the concert’s message:

“It takes a whole village to raise our children.
It takes a whole village to raise one child!
We all, everyone, must share the burden.
We all, everyone, will share the joy!”

About The Choir
The SVCC consists of three choirs: The Preparatory Choir, the Treble Choir and the Concert Choir, with performers ranging in age from 7-18 years.

The choir’s a cappella style includes a broad range of musical genres, such as classical, folk and sacred and secular works.

The upcoming program will feature “soloists within the choir, as well as a percussion ensemble from the James Madison University SVCC music interns,” says Vat-Chromy. According to the website, “the mission of the SVCC is to foster artistry and excellence through advanced choral music study, sharing and performance.”

She says all the children are advanced, love to sing, and enjoy the challenge of performance.

“Children have tremendous capacity for aesthetic experience; music research has long indicated that children are profoundly moved by music.

“Studying choral music enables students of all ages to develop cultural understandings, allowing them to participate in the sense of community that is integral to their education and their lives,” says Vat-Chromy.

Justin Long, a 16-year-old junior at Eastern Mennonite High School, has participated in SVCC for six years.

 “For me, SVCC is a place of belonging first and foremost and that’s why I keep coming back,” says Long. “I’m absolutely thrilled that the SVCC has been able to continue.”

For more information, contact the EMU box office at emu.edu/boxoffice.com or call (540) 432-4582.

Contact Aimee George at (540) 574-6269 or ageorge@dnronline.com.