Join the Chorale for the Fall Season!

Blue Ridge Chorale
Come sing with us!
The Blue Ridge Chorale’s fall/winter season is coming up soon. The Adult Chorus’ first rehearsal, under the direction of Bob Burnett,  will  be on Monday, August 24 from 6:30 – 8:30, at Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway, in Culpeper. The first rehearsal for the Youth Chorus, under Cathy ter Weele’s direction, will be on Monday, September 7th from 5:45-6:15 pm, also at Open Door Baptist Church. The Blue Ridge Chorale is your community chorus, serving Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties and their surrounds. We are non affiliated, non-auditioned and open to all who love to sing.  We have a wonderful program planned for this season!  Join us!


Tuesday, May 5th is Give Local Piedmont Day, and the Blue Ridge Chorale is included!

     This year, we have the honor of being listed among the non profit community organizations which are part of the Give Local Piedmont drive. It comes around this Tuesday, May 5th.  We’re hoping you’ll take a few minutes to make a donation by debit or credit card to the Blue Ridge Chorale during this event. 
How do I make a donation?
     On Tuesday, May 5th, for the full 24 hours from 12:00 am to midnight, you can visit  To see the organizations which are receiving donations, you can search by category, or write in “Blue Ridge Chorale.”  Or, you can go directly to the Blue Ridge Chorale’s donation page from this email at  https:/, and there can choose the amount you want to donate. Donation minimum for this event is $10. There is no maximum gift amount.

There are so many worthy local causes.  Why should I donate to the Chorale?

There are many worthy non-profits who support our communities in various ways. We’re actually hoping you’ll donate to several organizations as well as the Blue Ridge Chorale, your community chorus.  We all rely on the support

     The Blue Ridge Chorale is non-auditioned and non-affiliated, which makes it possible for people who love to sing, whatever their age, background, talent or experience to participate in making beautiful music. We provide a supportive and constructive environment with outstanding professional direction and accompaniment, and bring our music to shut-ins and community events as well as offering two different ticketed concert programs each year within the five-county area (Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock).  The Chorale is a resource both for those who love live music performances and for your friends, family and neighbors who are singers and musicians.
So, on Tuesday, May 5th, take the time to go on-line to make your donations to the groups which enrich and support our communities. And, please, generously include the Blue Ridge Chorale.
Thank you for your support!
Your Friends at the Blue Ridge Chorale


Wonderful Concerts! “Gloria” was Glorious!



The Blue Ridge Chorale’s 2014 Fall season wrapped up with concerts at two lovely and historic locations:  the Reynolds’ Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville  and the beautifully renovated State Theatre in  Culpeper. Singing before about 350 people in total,  we had a wonderful time with our “Gloria” program.  Director Bob Burnett, Youth Director Cathy ter Weele  and Accompanist Jesse Ratcliffe as well as guests –  a percussionist, a bassist and a brass quartet –  brought  the music  to life for us, and what fun we had!



Community Thanksgiving 2014

Community Thanksgiving 2014

The Chorale was privileged to take part in the Culpeper  Community Thanksgiving on November 20th at  Culpeper Baptist Church. It was a warm and lovely  community event, and singing there was a pleasure.


    BRC’s 20angel214 Holiday Performances and Events


   Sat. Nov 15th, Caroling, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Country Shoppes, Rt. 29 in Culpeper

   Thurs. Nov 20th, Performance, 7:00 PM, Community Thanksgiving, Culpeper Baptist Church.

   Sun. Nov 23rd,  Caroling, 5:00 PM, Community Tree Lighting at the Depot, Downtown Culpeper.

   Fri. Dec 5th, Concert Gloria, 7:00 PM, Reynold’s Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville.

   Sun. Dec 7th,  Concert – Gloria, 3:00 PM, State Theatre in Culpeper.

Singing at Dogwood Village on Sept 12th

The Chorale had a grSinging at Dogwood Village 091214eat time singing at Dogwood Village in Orange.  Our concert of old favorites and especially patriotic songs was a hit with our audience and inspired a lot of enthusiastic singing along. What a lovely venue Dogwood Village is!

4th Annual Blue Ridge Chorale Holiday Marketplace will be Nov 23rd

Come to Our Holiday Marketplace
Sunday, November 23, 11:00-4:00 at the  beautiful State Theatre in Downtown Culpeper
Since the Down Town Open House will start at noon: come to the Theatre right at 11:00 to get a head start on your shopping!
We’re helping you get ready for your festivities !  We’ll help you:
– Deck your Halls, with décor items and gifts for all the family, from local craftspeople.
– Deck your table, with gourmet quality foods from local specialist producer.
Deck yourself, and your friends, with handmade jewelry, garments, and accessories!
Our Holiday Marketplace, a showcase for local producers, is sponsored by, and helps support the Blue Ridge Chorale.
Come shop for your holidays with us!
Call us at 540-497-3409 for more information.

Singing on July 4th!

P1010218   On Friday, July 4th, the Blue Ridge Chorale participated in the Minute Men Chapter, SAR’s celebration of the Declaration of                              Independence.  Directed by Bob Burnett, the Chorale sang a variety of patriotic songs before and during the ceremony, on the                        Courthouse Lawn inP1010213 Culpeper.  This was a beautiful day, a wonderful family    event and a  lovely way to commemorate the meaning of July 4th, and we        still all got  home in plenty of time for family cookouts!

What a concert!

Haley Fritz, left, and Johncie Carlson, right, sing a duet from Wicked.

Haley Fritz, left, and Johncie Carlson, right, sing a duet from Wicked.

Doug Schmit soloing "New York State of Mind" on the sax.

Doug Schmit soloing “New York State of Mind” on the sax.


Kathy and Scott Tester add their music to the songs of West Side Story.

Jack Garber sings a solo from Les Miserables.

Jack Garber sings a solo from Les Miserables.

We had a wonderful time singing our New York concert!  The performance at Open Door Church on April 26th hosted and audience of about 125 wonderful folks; on the 29th we sang for a room of about 50 at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community and then on May 7th performed before an audience of 350 at the new State Theatre along with 2 of our neighboring chorales:  the Bel Canto and the Madison Choral Society, in a celebration of choral music in the area.   What a great concert season!

“A New York State of Mind”

Mark your calendars for the Blue Ridge Chorale’s concert, A New York State of Mind, directed by Carole Tomhave, on Friday, April 26th at Open Door Baptist Church at 7:00 pm. The concert features Broadway music, songs of the City That Never Sleeps, and much more! This will be an evening of music, dance and fun for all ages.  Admission will be $10

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for adults, $5 for children, and $25 for family, and can be paid at the door.  Cafe refreshments will be sold by the Culpeper Band Boosters, and dancers from the Excell Dance Studio will perform.  It’s going to be a lively, fun and musical evening, so put on your city clothes and step out to join us in celebrating The Big Apple!