The Commonwealth Chorale of Virginia

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Search for New Director is Underway; Spring Concerts Coming in April!

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (510)

After 20 years of inspired leadership, Norma Williams has stepped down as Artistic Director of the Commonwealth Chorale.  A search for a new director is now underway.  For information about the opening for the position of Artistic Director, or about the upcoming spring concert season, interested persons may visit the Chorale's web page at

While the search for a new director continues, the Commonwealth Chorale will caryy on its tradition of bri...

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Pianist Kimberly Parker to Accompany Chorale!

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (113)

The Commonwealth Chorale is pleased to announce that Mrs. Kimberly Parker, Adjunct Professor of Piano at Liberty University in Lynchburg, will accompany the Fall 2018 performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio.  Mrs. Parker holds a BS in Piano Pedagogy from Bryan College and an MA in Music and Worship from Liberty University.  She has served as a member of the Liberty University faculty since 2015.  There she teaches applied piano and group piano c...

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Hummel to be featured in Chorale Easter concerts

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (102)

By Marge Swayne

Richmond organist Jeffrey Hummel is a musician who appreciates both the past and present.  Sitting at the console of a Von Beckerath organ at Farmville Presbyterian Church, he comments on the Old World skill that created the extraordinary pipe organ.  At the same time he notes the advantages of today's technology. 

"When I was asked to accompany the Commonwealth Chorale for Mozart's Requiem, there was a problem," Hummel says.  "No organ-...

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Standing Room Only!

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (643)

Our two December Messiah performances were widely attended, receiving great acclaim from our audiences, proving again the lasting appeal of this beloved oratorio.  The wonderful performance by the orchestra, comprised of many young instrumentalists from the Richmond Youth Symphony as well as more seasoned musicians, made our biennial Messiah even more exciting for the Chorale members as well as the audience.  We received many compliments: Rick Erick...

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Messiah Rehearsals to begin October 10!

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (640)

By Marion Carter

Interested singers are invited to join the Commonwealth Chorale in rehearsing Georg Frideric Handel's magnificent oratorio, Messiah, in preparation for performances in December.  Rehearsals begin October 10, 7-10 p.m. at the Farmville Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 200 West Third Street.  All singers are welcome; no auditions are required.  Young singers age 12 and over are also invited to participate.  Performances will take place...

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Good Luck and Godspeed to David Salvage!

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (3623)

We were fortunate to have Dr. R. David Salvage, gifted pianist and accompanist, with us for last fall's performance of Elijah, and again for this spring's Requiem.   We now must say goodbye to him as he travels to Bologna, Italy, for further work and study. In introducing David at the first rehearsal, Norma described his playing as the "gold standard," which certainly proved to be the case.  We will miss his skill and inspir...

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Requiem: A Work for the Ages

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (133)

By Marion Carter

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, perhaps the most remarkable and prolific musical genius in history, was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, the youngest of the only two children of Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart to survive infancy.  A musician specializing in the violin, Leopold soon recognized Wolfgang's musical gifts and came to the conclusion that he had fathered a genius.  At age three, the boy began to pick out chords on the clavier, and by the ...

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Comments From New Member Winslow Stillman:

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (66)

Winslow Stillman, tenor, shares his thoughts on singing with the Commonwealth Chorale:  "As a newcomer and out of towner, I had attended a couple of performances by the Commonwealth Chorale and appreciated the musicality of the ensemble as well as the unmistakable dynamic of Norma's direction.  And this is really where the Chorale begins, at the podium.  Norma Williams is a marvelous leader.  Her artistic pedigree is at the top of the world of classical perf...

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Attention Amazon Shoppers!

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (409)

The Commonwealth Chorale, a registered charitable organization, is now participating in the Amazon Smile program.  Amazon wil donate .05% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased through their website by a buyer who designates the Commonwealth Chorale as beneficiary. To make sure your purchase benefits the Chorale, use the following  link to access the Amazon website:

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Dr. Salvage To Play For Spring Concert Season!

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (4)

We are honored to announce that Dr. R. David Salvage will be pianist for our upcoming presentations of Mozart's Requiem.  Dr. Salvage is a composer and pianist.  His music has been called "elegant [and] smartly realized" (Sequenza21) and "refreshingly eclectic" (American Record Guide).  His piano, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works have been performed by many of America's most gifted muscians, including the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, the Rosetta String Trio, the...

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