Concerts & Events

Virginia Women’s Chorus Audition Information

If you enjoy singing a variety of repertoire (world, classical, contemporary, jazz, and more), we’d love to meet you. And if you are looking for an amazing group of talented and supportive students, you’re in the right place. VWC is more than an excellent musical ensemble – it’s a community that has great fun with numerous social events!

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Below are some frequently asked questions about the audition process and about VWC. Come visit us at the Activities Fair -  Monday, August 25!

Auditions for Fall 2014 will be in OCH during the following times:

Fri., Aug. 29                                     2-5

Sun., Aug 31                                     3:30-5

Mon., Sept. 1                                    7-9

Wed.,  Sept. 3                                   7-9

Fri., Sept. 5                                       2-5:30

Sun., Sept. 7                                       3:30-5

Callbacks      Sun., Sept. 7             5:15-?

 

Our first rehearsal is Monday, September 8,  7-9:15 PM, in Room B012 in OCH.

How to schedule an auditionsign up in the lobby of OCH the first two weeks of classes, sign up here, or use the link on our FB page or email our president, Maya (mks6mg) or our vice-president and assistant student conductor, Janice (jhp6ab).

What is the audition process?

Not to worry – it’s very easy, brief, and fun! You will be greeted by one of our friendly members of the Managing Board (along with other Chorus members).

The audition consists of a voice quality/range check, singing scales a cappella, singing back pitches, and a few short sight-reading passages. Sight-reading is not a make or break issue. Voice quality, intonation and a good ear are important. You do not need to prepare a piece but you will be asked to sing a portion of a song that is familiar to you.  Each audition takes around ten minutes.

Please arrive five minutes early to complete the front side of your audition form.

What kind of musical experience is required of incoming singers?

New singers are expected to have some choral experience, be able to read music of some complexity or work independently on voice part, be able to learn text in other languages, memorize music for performances, and sing a voice part that currently has openings.

When do you rehearse?

Rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM, in Old Cabell Hall, room B012. In addition, singers attend one or two rehearsal weekends each semester. There will be additional dress rehearsals before each concert.

What other activities/responsibilities are expected of VWC members?

In addition to singing at all scheduled performances, chorus members also contribute to the smooth functioning of the organization by volunteering with fundraising activities, publicity, stage setup, and participation in gigs.

Our Mission Statement:

The Virginia Women’s Chorus is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women’s voices. The Chorus seeks to inspire and enrich others through the choral art form.

The Chorus is more than a fine musical organization ~ it’s a community! There are numerous social activities throughout the semester, and many girls develop friendships that continue long after graduation. Check out some samples from past concerts on our website and our YouTube channel.

 

Email any of our Managing and Appointed Board members

 for the inside scoop.

 

Hope to see you soon!

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LIGHTS,  CAMERA,  ACTION!

VWC SPRING CONCERT

Selections from movies and Broadway will hit the stage on Saturday, March 29, at 3:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall at U.Va. Songs from Frozen, Spring Awakening, The Color Purple, and Avatar will add flair to this entertaining concert presented by the Virginia Women’s Chorus.

Come celebrate spring with current favorites, including Let it Go, classics, spirituals and Appalachian folk music. Performances will range from the popular Mama Who Bore Me, to the traditional Bright Morning Stars are Rising, to selections by Mendelssohn and Judith Shatin, professor and composer at U.Va. A jazz combo with piano, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums will add zest and ramp up a concert that may just send you to heaven and back. This diverse display of music is sure to inspire and uplift audiences of any age! The Chorus is known for bringing novelty to its concerts and this year will be no different.  The Virginia Belles, U.Va.’s oldest female a cappella group, will join the Chorus, and there will be a few surprises. Come and enjoy a fantastic program!

The Virginia Women’s Chorus, conducted by Katherine “KaeRenae” Mitchell, is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women’s voices.  The Chorus seeks to inspire in the choral art form through the celebration of women’s repertoire. Comprised of devoted and talented young women from seven countries and nine states, this ensemble is student-run and continues to uphold its tradition of exceptional music. Accolades come from many concert-goers and include comments such as this: “The concert was stunningly beautiful, sensitively programmed and a musical treat of the highest order.  It really was quite amazing.” 

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for VWC alums, and $5 for students and may be purchased from the Arts Box Office and by phone at (434)924-3376. For more information, visit our website at www.virginiawomenschorus.org or contact Maya Sadagopal, president of the Virginia Women’s Chorus, at  mks6mg@virginia.edu. Free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Rd, and the K2 lot behind South Lawn. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.  For further parking information please call (434) 924-3984.   The Virginia Women’s Chorus is affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music.

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and this concert contains it all. Come shine in the spotlight with us on Saturday, 3/29!

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VIRGINIA WOMEN’S CHORUS

REHEARSALS

 

Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9:15 PM

 

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NATIONAL   CHRISTMAS  TREE

Dec. 2013

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CANDLELIGHT  CONCERTS

featuring

A  Ceremony  of  Carols  with harp

Friday, December 6          7 PM

Saturday, December 7          8 PM

U.Va.  Chapel

Purchase tickets here

Hear us

 

Come enjoy the beauty of the holiday season as the Virginia Women’s Chorus presents its 31st annual Candlelight Concert.  Concertgoers will be taken on a journey with echoes of medieval times, ethereal and contemplative arrangements of traditional carols, and with upbeat and entertaining holiday music.  In addition to the featured work, the lovely Ceremony of Carols with harp, new settings of Deck the Halls, Wassail, and Silent Night will usher in the holiday and winter seasons.  The beauty of the University Chapel and the ambience created by candlelight enhance the Chorus’ exquisite music. A processional sets the tone for this concert, with music ranging from medieval to contemporary. A closing candlelight circle allows the beauty of the voices to be heard in true multi-dimensional surround sound.

Last year’s concerts were sold out days in advance and it is advised that tickets be purchased early to insure seating. Tickets may be purchased at online, at Greenberry’s, and on the lawn. Online ticket sales include processing fees and will end 24 hours before each concert. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door. Parking is available in the U.Va. Central Grounds Parking Garage located on Emmet Street and along the streets by the Chapel. The Chapel is accessible to all and handicap parking is available directly across the street.

These concerts have been called Charlottesville best-kept secret and welcome many returning listeners each year who leave imbued with the true spirit of the season.  Accolades come from many concertgoers and include comments such as this: “The concert was stunningly beautiful, sensitively programmed and a musical treat of the highest order.  It really was quite amazing.”  

 

 

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VIRGINIA WOMEN’S CHORUS

REHEARSALS

 

Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9:15 PM

 

(We will rehearse until 9:30 during the month of September)

 

 

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PERFORMANCES

 

Family Weekend Showcase

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Location: Old Cabell Hall, U.Va.

 

Annual Candlelight Concerts

Dates: Friday, December 6, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Location: Chapel, U.Va.

The Virginia Women’s Chorus presents annual Candlelight Concerts every December in the lovely historic UVa Chapel. The Candlelight Concerts are a beautiful time of song and celebration of the season. These concerts have been called Charlottesville best-kept secret and welcomes many returning listeners each year who leave imbued with the true spirit of the season.

Often accompanied by harp, the women’s voices have been said to be the voices of angels. A processional sets the tone for this concert, with music ranging from medieval to contemporary. A closing candlelight circle allows the beauty of the voices to be heard in true multi-dimensional surround sound.

The Chorus shares classical holiday music and introduces contemporary palettes of sound to celebrate the season. The Virginia Women’s Chorus’ signature song, Simple Gifts, arranged by director Katherine Mitchell, is performed near the end of the concert with an invitation for all alumnae of the Chorus to join the current members.

Concerts were sold out last year. We encourage you to purchase tickets in November.

We look forward to sharing the beauty of the season with you!

 

Tour

Plans are being made for an extensive East Coast tour, Spring 2014.

Gigs

***National Anthem***   (TBA)

Others TBD

 

Community Outreach

The Virginia Women’s Chorus has performed at Take Back the Night, The Cedars Nursing Home, 10 Thousand Villages, and various charity events. The Chorus has presented vocal and choral workshops in the community to benefit area high school choral members. Plans for the 2013-2014 year are TBD.

 

Concert alert!

 

“Higher and Higher: Here, There, and Back Again will take place 4.20.13. Enjoy the music of yesteryear and today in the Virginia Women’s Chorus’ 39th annual spring concert on Saturday, April 20th at 3:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia.

 

 Come celebrate spring with old favorites, classics, and contemporary Australian music!

Performances will range from the popular Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Fever, to traditional Over the Rainbow, to selections by Debussy and Schubert. A jazz combo with piano, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums will add zest and ramp up a concert that goes “way up high”. This diverse display of music is sure to inspire and uplift audiences of any age! The Chorus is known for bringing novelty to its concerts and this year will be no different.

 

The Virginia Women’s Chorus, conducted by Katherine “KaeRenae” Mitchell, is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women’s voices.  The Chorus seeks to inspire in the choral art form through the celebration of women’s repertoire. Comprised of devoted and talented young women from seven countries and nine states, this ensemble is student-run and continues to uphold its tradition of exceptional music. Accolades come from many concert-goers and include comments such as this: “The concert was stunningly beautiful, sensitively programmed and a musical treat of the highest order.  It really was quite amazing.” 

 

Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $7 for VWC alums, and $5 for students and may be purchased from the Arts Box Office and by phone at (434)924-3376. For more information visit our website at www.virginiawomenschorus.org or contact Amanda Laskey, president of the Virginia Women’s Chorus at avl6cs@virginia.edu. Free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Rd, and the K2 lot behind South Lawn. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.  For further parking information please call (434) 924-3984.   The Virginia Women’s Chorus is affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music.

Come soar with us on Saturday, 4/20!

VWC sings National Anthem at UVA basketball games:

Feb. 3 and Feb. 24