Youth and Children’s Choruses

Youth chorus

The Virginia Consort Youth and Children’s Choruses

The High School Chorus—a mixed chorus made up of the most experienced young men and women through high school age

  •   Treble Chorus—experienced treble-voiced singers through 12th grade
  •   Prelude Choir—children in grades 4 through 7
  •   First Step Choir—choir for younger singers, grades K through 3

High School and Treble Choruses—See Choral Academy Information Below!

"…I wanted to finally take time to thank you for…our children's experiences with The Youth Chorale. They will never, ever forget it, and neither will their parents. Ron and I are both so grateful for what you do to enrich our community."
Trish Higgins
Youth Chorale Parent
Youth choral

The Youth Chorale

At the very core of our existence is a commitment to introduce young people to the fun and joy of singing together, to expose them to a rich and diverse repertoire of choral music and to instill in them the discipline necessary to produce a fine performance. We hope to encourage young musicians to continue singing throughout their lives. The Virginia Consort Youth Chorale was formed in 1992 by The Virginia Consort, a choral ensemble of adult singers under the direction of  Judith Gary.

The Youth Chorale began with 20 singers but has since grown to include over 100  young  people in four choirs:  The High School Chorus, a mixed  chorus made up of  the most experienced young men and women through high school age, the Treble Chorus for experienced  treble-voiced  singers through 12th grade, the Prelude  Choir for  children in 4th grade through 7th grade and the First Step Choir, our newest choir, for children from Kindergarten through 3rd grade who love to sing and desire more singing experience.   Members of each of  these choruses are chosen by audition and are re-auditioned each  year.  Every one of our concerts includes a segment featuring the talented young people that make up our Youth Chorale.

The Virginia Consort Choral Academy for High School Musicians

The Virginia Consort Choral Academy is a 6-day summer music camp for high school musicians. The Choral Academy is a unique and exciting summer opportunity for high school students to study and perform a major work with professional soloists and orchestra under the direction of Judith Gary. The Choral Academy is designed to help students more fully understand vocal production, music theory, music history and conducting technique. Other classes offered include:  Sight Reading, Preparing for an Audition, and Alexander Technique for Singers.

For audition, registration, and tuition information, contact  Nick Matherne , Executive Director.
" I am about to start my first year as a high school music teacher in northern Virginia and hope to offer my students the musical opportunities that I was fortunate to have because of my experience with The Youth Chorale."
Laura Layman
Former Youth Chorale singer

Prelude Choir and First Step Choir

The Prelude and First Step Choirs are directed by Donna Rehorn, an extremely experienced and highly regarded master teacher known for her ability to combine the teaching of fine choral skills with fun and enjoyment.


Donna Rehorn photoDonna Rehorn – Director, Prelude and First Step Choirs

As the director of the Prelude Choir and First Step Choir, Donna Rehorn brings 23 years’ experience as an elementary Music Specialist and Conductor.  She currently teaches general music and chorus at Baker-Butler Elementary School in Albemarle County.  In addition, Mrs. Rehorn has 10 years’ experience as a church musician and currently directs the “Saint Nicholas Choir” and the Adult Choir at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also a member of The Virginia Consort Chamber Chorus.

Mrs. Rehorn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and continues post-graduate work and study during the summer.  Mrs. Rehorn has been an invited presenter at state and local music educators’ conferences and a guest director and adjudicator for elementary and middle school choral honors choruses.  In addition to local performances, the Prelude Choir and her school chorus were both selected to perform at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference.