2019 Spring Concerts

The Blue Ridge Chorale, a 70-voice choir in Central Virginia, presents a collection of Songs that are sure to inspire, lift your heart and soothe your mind.

Music Director: C. Alexander Smith

Chorale Accompanist: Brittany Bache 

Asst. Director: Melanie Bolas   

Our 2019 Spring Concerts did not require a ticket. We hope you enjoy our music and feel inspired to tell others!

Free will donations will be gratefully accepted so we may continue to bring wonderful music to our community.

Listen to our Sunday Concert held at Culpeper Baptist Church. We song to an audience of 265 cheerful listeners.

Click the link below to enjoy our music again.

  1. 01 Africa 05_19 4:56
  2. 02 Black is the Color 05_19 2:24
  3. 03 Nine Hundred Miles 05_19 3:53
  4. 04 Somewhere 05_19 3:45
  5. 05 This is Me 05_19 4:15
  6. 06 Men of Ni 05_19 7:51
  7. 07 How Great Thou Art 05_19 5:10
  8. 08 Amazing Grace 05_19 4:28
  9. 09 I Will Fly Away 05_19 5:05
  10. 10 Seek Ye First 05_19 2:59
  11. 11 Soon I Will Be Done 05_19 3:48
  12. 12 Live A Humble05_19 3:30
  13. 13 Let Your Light Shine 05_19 2:50

Saturday, May 18th – 7:00 PM – Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway

Sunday, May 19 – 3:00 PM – Culpeper Baptist Church,      318 S. West Street

Both concerts were held in Culpeper, VA.  A beautiful town with main street charm, fine eateries and shopping.  Plan to come to our town and spend time on our Main Street.

May the wind be always at your back…

The second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k was a roaring success this Saint Patrick’s Day weekend at Verdun Adventure Bound. A large crowd of runners and walkers showed up in their fanciest green finery to celebrate fitness, nature, and music. Members of the Chorale, along with their spirited and supportive friends and family, turned out in their finest emerald garb as well, to help the runners and walkers have a successful race day. Participants were greeted by smiling faces of volunteers as they checked in at the registration table, made their way along the course, crossed the finish line, and came to pick up a snack at the kitchen afterwards. From the littlest leprechauns in the kids 1K to the wisest of leprechauns in the 5K, every finisher’s arrival at the finish line was celebrated with whistles, clapping, and encouraging cheers.

By the numbers, this year’s Shamrock Shuffle was an even bigger success than last year’s. 25 finishers crossed the line last March; this year, we greeted 75 proud finishers at the line. 25 little leprechauns claimed their golden medals at the end of the “rainbow” 1K. Participants in the 5k ranged in age from 9 to 86, and came from as far away as Virginia Beach, New Jersey, and even Japan!

Congratulations to all of the age group award winners! They received custom 3D printed keychain medals on green lanyards, to remind them of their success throughout the year.

Click below for complete race results:

Click here for results

Tim and Johncie Carlson of Studio C Photography captured lots of exciting moments of the event, and are offering digital images for participants to use online; finish line photos make great social media profile pictures! High quality prints are also available to purchase. Click here to access a gallery of event photos from Studio C Photography.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, runners, walkers, and families that made this event possible! We are excited to continue to improve, and offer an even more fun and exciting race next year!


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Chorale Newsletter is now available


Chorale Newsletter – March 2019

Winter weather

Our Open House, previously scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled due to the snow!   Please stay tuned regarding January 14th rehearsal!


Due to the weather the rehearsal for Monday, January 14th at 6:30 has been CANCELLED.
Next Monday, January 21st we are planning a social at 5:30 and rehearsal at 6:30.
Please come early to sign in, pay your $35 dues,  pick up your music and visit with others.
Bring a friend!
Patti Christie

Get Ready to Shuffle!

The 2019 Shamrock Shuffle 5k will be here before you know it! If getting fit is on your list of healthy changes for 2019, this is a great opportunity! Our Shamrock Shuffle is a family friendly, non-competitive event, open to walkers and runners of all paces.

To help you prepare for the event, our race director, Katie (a certified personal trainer with nine years of running experience), has created a beginner-friendly 8 week training plan! If you can walk for 15 minutes as of January 20, you can be prepared for race day, and cross the finish line for a great sense of accomplishment. Simply right click the image below to save the pdf to your computer, print it out, and do the workouts as suggested. If you have questions or concerns about the race or the training plan, please email us at ShamrockShuffle5k@brcsings.com. Register before February 2 for the lowest price, and don’t forget that we have a shorter distance for the little leprechauns!

Click here to sign up now!

Spring Open House

If you enjoyed hearing our Songs for the Season, why don’t you join us for our spring season? Our Spring Open House will be on January 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 at Open Door Baptist Church. At this event, you can learn about the chorale, meet the members, and register for the upcoming season. Our concerts this season will be on May 11 and 12. This casual atmosphere will be a great opportunity to meet this diverse and friendly group of people, before we start our rehearsals on January 14. All voices are welcome!

You can also complete your registration online before the event, by clicking on the “Registration” link on the left.

If you cannot make it to the Open House, don’t worry- you can still join us when rehearsals start, on Monday, January 14!

Christmas Concerts 2018 – Wonderful and Well Received

Previous Concerts

  1. Opening Portion The Blue Ridge Chorale 9:40
  2. First Portion The Blue Ridge Chorale 17:14
  3. Audience Sing-a-long The Blue Ridge Chorale 4:03
  4. Small Group The Blue Ridge Chorale 9:54
  5. MIddle Portion The Blue Ridge Chorale 14:10
  6. Brief Comments_Alex Smith The Blue Ridge Chorale 5:49
  7. Final Song - Amen Go Tell It The Blue Ridge Chorale 4:37


Holiday Concerts – Dec.8th and 9th

The Blue Ridge Chorale, a 65 voice SATB choir in Central Virginia, presents a collection of Songs for the Season. Directed by C. Alexander Smith, and accompanied by Brittany Bache. The concerts are our musical gift to the community, and admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, December 8, 7:00 PM – Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway  OR  Sunday, December 9, 3:00 PM – Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West Street

Both concerts are to be held in Culpeper, VA.  A beautiful town with main street charm, fine eateries and shopping.

“We Wait for Thee” and “Amen! Tell It on the Mountain!” are two  selections from this concert season.  Please join us for our SONGS for the SEASON concert.

Member Perks

If you’ve been following the Blue Ridge Chorale website, you have surely noticed some big changes recently, both at chorale practice, and on our website. One of the changes we’re proudest of is a new feature for members of the chorale! In seasons past, members of the chorale have been provided with an audio CD of their practice tracks for the season, providing members the chance to practice their music at home, with their voice part singled out.

This season, we are excited to provide members the opportunity to access these practice tracks here, on our website. Members can simply click here, or on the link on the menu to the left, to visit our “Members Page.” Entering the password will allow members to access their practice tracks, by section. Members can stream the tracks directly from the audio player on the page, or download a zip file containing all of their section’s tracks. This feature will make it easy for members of the chorale to practice anywhere, from their home computer to on the go, using their mobile device!

Members, click here to find your practice tracks! (And if you need the password, please email katie@brcsings.com.) Happy singing!

It’s time to sing!

We’ve had two great rehearsals already, and are gearing up for the third. With all of the beautiful new voices added to the chorale this season, the return of many talented singers, and the dedicated, creative direction of C. Alexander Smith, the Blue Ridge Chorale is starting a new season like never before!

Would you like to join us? New singers will be accepted through next week’s rehearsal, September 10.