GreenSpring Virginia Choristers offers different levels of inspirational choral programs for youth ages 6-17. Growing from a single choir to seven levels of choirs, the GreenSpring Virginia Choristers has gained national acclaim since its inception in 2007. Musical selections include classical and contemporary works, and explore a variety of cultures, languages, and musical styles. Singers come from diverse economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, which creates a rich environment for learning teamwork and collaboration. GreenSpring believes singing is one of humanity's most organic and natural forms of self-expression, and welcomes any child with an ear for music and a love of singing to join!
Touring Choir performances at national and international venues include choral festivals in Puerto Rico, Vienna and Salzburg (Austria), the International Festival of Choirs in Charleston, South Carolina, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the White House, the U.S. State Department and tours in Ireland, Canada and Wales. Collaboration with other ensembles includes symphony choruses, community choirs, and satellite choirs via partnerships with youth organizations throughout the region.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AND TOURS
Advent Music Festival, Vienna & Salzburg, Austria (2010)
International Festival of Choirs in Charleston, South Carolina (2012)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York (2013)
‘State of the Arts’ Concert Series (U.S. Department of State 2014)
Ireland Tour (2014)
Canada Tour (2015)
Carnegie Hall, New York (2016)
White House (Washington, DC 2016)
London & Wales Tour (2017)
Christmas at the Biltmore (2017)
The Treble Choir is a vocal readiness program for children ages 7-14 years. Singers in this group have demonstrated the ability to match pitch as well as sing in tune, on top of having an ear for music. During weekly rehearsals, singing, performing and movement activities are designed to develop the singing voice as well as musical literacy. Students are introduced to the basics of music theory including sight-reading and sight-singing. Children in The Treble Choir also begin to develop harmonic skills through beginner level two-part singing. Audition procedures: An informal placement audition is required.
Mondays from 4:30-5:15pm
Lyric Choir is an intermediate level ensemble for children ages 9-14 years. Singers in this group have demonstrated the ability to match pitch, sing two and basic three part harmonies, and a basic mastery of vowel technique. Vocal development, including vowel training, ear training, and sight-reading is expanded in this level to include recognition of syncopated rhythms in duple and triple meter, and melodic patterns in major and minor keys. Audition procedures: An informal placement audition is required.
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm
The Touring Choir offers a challenging choral experience for singers ages 10-17 who have demonstrated strong consistency and knowledge of multi-part harmonies. Singers in this group have mastered intermediate sight-reading of rhythmic and vocal lines. Students are expected to practice outside of rehearsals as well as commit to additional rehearsals, perform at a variety of outreach events, and tour throughout the United States and internationally. The Touring Choir is geared towards students with passion and enthusiasm for singing who take their participation in the group seriously. Singers in this group perform mostly music scored for SSA and SSAA. Membership is by audition only, email email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm
This is a select group of singers from the Touring Choir ages 13-17. Students have mastered sight reading of advanced rhythmic and vocal passages, and have demonstrated the ability to pick up music quickly. Each singer has a mastery of proper choral vowels and techniques, and is capable of performing alone as needed. The Chamber Ensemble performs challenging and diverse repertoire, often a cappella. The group participates in Chamber Music performances with other instruments, and performs at various venues in Richmond. Students are expected to practice their music well enough in between rehearsals that the instructor does not have to review pitches and notes more than once. Singers perform music scored SSAA and SSSAA. Membership is by audition only, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm
Newly formed in January 2017 to accommodate singers with changed voices, Cambiati (meaning "to change" in Italian), is an auditioned ensemble that performs challenging repertoire specifically written for the male voice. Members are expected to practice outside of rehearsals. Assignments include researching the music history, performance and style of the repertoire. Membership is by audition only, email email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Wednesdays from 6:45-7:15 pm
Verisimo Choir is composed of members of Chamber Choir and Cambiati. This auditioned ensemble performs challenging repertoire including Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts. Students continue to learn vocal technique and reading music. Members are expected to practice outside rehearsals, and are given assignments to research the music history, performance, and style of the repertoire. Verisimo Choir participates in national and international tours with the Touring Choir. Membership is by audition only, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45 pm
Membership in the Treble and Lyric Choirs are open to all interested singers. An informal placement audition is required.
The Touring, Chamber, Cambiati and Verismo Choirs require auditions. Certain national and international performance opportunities may require an additional audition.
Auditioning is an informal process designed to make singers feel comfortable and confident. It is intended to be a positive growth experience that sets children up for success at the appropriate level.
Auditions consist of meeting with the Director of the Choristers, warm-ups, singing "Happy Birthday" in a number of keys, pitch matching exercises, and sight-reading. Singers may bring a song of their choosing to sing at the audition. Singers will be notified by the Director upon selection.
The second part of auditioning requires all interested singers age 6-17 to observe a rehearsal. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings between 4:30 and 8:00pm.
GreenSpring welcomes students to audition at any time. After a singer has completed their observation, they may schedule an audition by calling the GreenSpring office or completing the form. Please call to determine the appropriate level choir for your child.