SVCC History

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) of Harrisonburg, VA includes more than 140 youth in two classes, three choirs, and a staff of seven under the direction of Janet M. Hostetter, Artistic and Executive Director.  The choir, founded by Julia J. White in 1991 has performed at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division conferences (’00, ’02, ’06, ’12), the Virginia Music Educators Association conferences (‘96, ‘98,’04, ‘08), and at the Organization of Kodaly Educators national conference (’01 as headline choir, ‘09).  Collaborations include six performances with the American Boychoir, four with The Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet (’03, ’06, ’09, ‘11), and one performance each with the One Voice Chorus ('14), the Virginia Children's Chorus ('14) and the Maryland State Boychoir ('16).  Appearances have also occurred with the James Madison University (JMU) Percussion Ensemble (’11), the JMU Symphony Orchestra ('13), the JMU Chorale ('13) and the JMU Madison Singers ('13).  These latter collaborations occurred while SVCC was under the interim direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy ('12-'14), director of Choral Activities at JMU.
 
The SVCC has sung with the Carnegie Hall Children’s Choir Festival (’98, ’07, ’12), the Tuscany International Children’s Choir Festival (‘01) in Italy, the Pacific Rim Children’s Chorus Festival (’05, ’09) in Hawaii, and the Crescent City Choral Festival ('15) in New Orleans.  They have performed for the Gandhi Awards Ceremony at James Madison University for Archbishop Desmond Tutu (’07), for former President Jimmy Carter (’09) and for the investiture Ceremony of James Madison University's sixth president, Dr. Jonathan Alger ('13). 

During the summer of 2016, SVCC and the Shenandoah National Park Service generated a video of choristers singing Mark Patterson's arrangement of "Shenandoah" while surrounded by the beauty of the Park.  The video, released on September 12, 2016, was shared extensively on Facebook and on other media platforms, quickly attaining "viral" status.