The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - VL22
ARTS & CULTURE
Roanoke Children's Choir
A Wide Range of Entertainment
By Dan Smith
The Roanoke Valley and its immediate surroundings have been
the cultural center for this end of Virginia for more than 100 years,
and some of the programs here are national in their influence.
Simply mention Mill Mountain Theatre, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hollins University for writing and theater and
the Roanoke Children's Choir, and heads begin to turn. Local
Colors has set a standard for diversity; public radio is extraordinarily popular and groups in ballet, opera and symphony
orchestra give the Roanoke Valley a big-city feel.
Here is a brief look at some of the organizations that make
the Roanoke area so appealing in this sector.
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir: Kimberly Davis, who has
directed the choir for each of its 30 years, says the four choirs
of the RVCC give children "a wonderful professional experi-
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ence for anybody who loves to sing."
Choir members audition at Hollins University in May and
have scheduled upcoming concerts at the Jefferson Center.
Most recently the RVCC performed solo for the third time at
Carnegie Hall in New York, the national pinnacle for music.
The choirs are comprised of children aged 7-18 from 50 area
schools (and homeschools) from the Roanoke Valley and the
counties surrounding it. There are 260 young members.
Opera Roanoke: The region's only professional opera performs two operas a year-fall and spring-at the Jefferson
Center with the Roanoke Symphony providing the orchestra.