About The Valley Chorale
The Valley Chorale prides itself on being one of the most dynamic semi-professional choruses in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
We aim to put first-rate choral music at the heart of civic and community life and, in so doing, entertain, illuminate and uplift our families, friends and neighbors. The men, women and youth in our current roster of some 30 singers represent Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Augusta counties.
Our repertoire balances innovation and tradition, seeking out new and contemporary composers writing for our time while still embracing the steadfast brilliance of historical works. We specialize in material that engages and inspires our audiences while challenging and enriching our ensemble of singers.
The Chorale’s annual interfaith Christmas-season performances are a beloved local tradition of over a half-century. As patrons often tell us, “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without your annual concert!” We also present a series of spring concerts and perform at senior living communities as well as at widely attended civic and charitable events across the region.
In recent seasons, we have introduced innovative features into our performances. For example, in 2019 we intermixed choral selections and poignant writings submitted by area children on the topic of “home” for our “Home for Christmas” concert, and in 2022 performed American composer Dan Forrest’s stirring, five-movement Requiem for the Living with a specially commissioned (by us) conceptual video work projected on multiple screens, creating an immersive experience for our audiences.
All potential singers must have prior choral-singing experience. Our Artistic Director and Conductor, Drew A. Young, auditions candidates to determine aptitude as well as the vocal part and range that best suits his/her voice. The Chorale welcomes singers ages 15 and above.
The Valley Chorale is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization supported by public and private funds as well as by corporate sponsors and annual singer dues.
As a community arts organization, we hope that our repertoire speaks to the power of the human spirit and enriches not just our local community, but the world around us.