Chorale Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award In April the Blue Ridge Chorale was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, for volunteer service in 2014. This singular honor comes through a drive to recognize and promote volunteerism which was initiated by President George W. Bush in 2002 and announced in his 2003 State of the Union Address. The award recognizes hours of unpaid service, and in this area is certified by the Piedmont United Way. Thank you to our singers and especially to our hard working volunteers!
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!
The Chorale had a great 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!
Join us on August 25th for our first rehearsal of our new season. Our new Director, Bob Burnett, has planned a beautiful selection of Christmas and winter themed music sure to get everyone in the Holiday spirit. We also welcome our interim accompanist, Jesse Ratcliffe, who joins us while Brittany takes time out to become a first-time mother. And all of our BRC business will be kept in working order by our new Board President, Jodi Stone. It is sure to be a fabulous season with all these new leaders, with fresh ideas, taking their places!
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 in 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!
Spring 2014 finds the BRC singing songs from your favorite movies! Join us at one of our two concerts in May to hear memorable music from the movies–including medleys from Disney and James Bond, as well as other silver screen classics!
The Chorale’s 2013 Holiday Marketplace will be held on November 24, from 11 – 5 at the Hazel River Armory on Davis Street in Culpeper, with so many gift ideas from local artisans and small business owners.