About the Northern Virginia Chorale
A History of the Northern Virginia Chorale:
The Northern Virginia Chorale—formerly known as the Springfield Chorale—will be celebrating its 48th Performing Season this year, 2023-2024.
From its inception in 1975, the Northern Virginia Chorale has sought to present performances of distinguished choral music from a variety of genres. With a vast repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary music, the Chorale has achieved a well earned reputation for providing its community with high quality performances under the leadership of its talented artistic and musical director, Mr. Robert S. Webb, Jr. who has recently retired.
For the current season the first concert will be under the direction of an interim director, Alan Moser, while we search for a new director who will lead us for the remainder of the season.
In addition to its three local concerts each season, the Chorale has performed in several European venues. In July of 2008, we participated in a musical festival in Northern Italy consisting of nine chorales. We conducted seven concerts near Verona and Lago di Garda, culminating our tour by singing at San Marco’s Cathedral in Venice. In previous years, we have performed in Varna, Bulgaria; Salisbury, England; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and in Paris, France. The Chorale also developed an exchange program with the Claye Vocale in Claye-Souilly, France giving concerts there in 1999, and again in 2002. In 1988, the Chorale participated in the First International Warwick Choral Festival of Warwick, England led by the world-renowned composer, John Rutter, whose works we also frequently perform in our concerts at home.
Closer to home, the Chorale has sung with the Washington, Fairfax, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras; at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; the National Cathedral; the French Embassy, as well as in the Pageant of Peace on the National Mall. More recently the Chorale has had the honor of singing with the distinguished Metropolitan Chorus in the Handel’s Messiah Sing-along concert, held annually at the Kennedy Center in the Holiday season.
In the years before Covid the Chorale had an Outreach Program that brought music to area retirement and nursing homes and performed for civic and business events. The Chorale also benefited from Bob Webb’s association with the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College, whose students have received college credit for singing with us in both our holiday and spring concerts, in the past.
In return for the generous support we receive from our audiences and community, the Northern Virginia Chorale strives to provide you with quality and memorable performances, alongside our rich and varied programs of musical choices. Please review our upcoming Concert Season presented on our Performance Schedule page, and in our annual Letter from our Artistic Director. If you are interested in singing with us, please take the time to visit our New Singers: Rehearsals and Auditions page for more information about auditions. You may also contact us at: email@example.com with questions.
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