Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
The 2016-2017 season marks the 27th anniversary of the Virginia Symphony Chorus, and its twentieth under the direction of Chorus Master Robert Shoup. In addition to regular appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the chorus has performed outside Hampton Roads to remarkable acclaim. Under the baton of Mr. Shoup, the Chorus has traveled to sold-out houses as far afield as Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Salzburg and closer to home at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Chorus has appeared twice at the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado, was an integral part of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown Celebration, and in 2010 was the featured chorus of the critically-acclaimed Virginia Arts Festival performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. In 2012, the Chorus was a key participant with the Virginia Arts Festival presentation of Mahler's 8th Symphony. Most recently, an acclaimed performance of Stravinsky's Les Noces was presented in Norfolk, in May of 2013.
Performances The VSO Chorus typically performs 3 or 4 programs (2-4 performances per program) with the orchestra each season. Additional performances are also scheduled, such as events in cooperation with the Virginia Arts Festival.
Rehearsals Chorus rehearsals are held weekly, from early September to late May. Regular piano rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, with additional rehearsals scheduled as needed. During performance weeks, the chorus will have additional rehearsals with the orchestra.
Membership Membership with the VSO Chorus is by audition. There are two types of membership - volunteer and professional core. The majority of members are volunteer, with a smaller number of core members selected annually by audition. Auditions are held frequently; information on VSO auditions can be found on the auditiions web page: http://www.virginiasymphony.org/ChorusAuditions.php