Richmond will serve as host to 700 students who comprise the 2023 All-Virginia Band, Chorus and Orchestra ensembles. Performances will take place on Saturday, April 29th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Grand Ballroom. This is the first full Virginia All-State Music event since the pandemic.
Concerts begin at 11 a.m. with the Treble Chorus, and last throughout the day until 4:30 p.m. Selected through a highly competitive audition process, there are five total ensembles who will be playing over the weekend: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Treble Choir and Mixed Choir. Approximately 300 music teachers, who are members of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Virginia Choral Directors Association. All of the teachers in attendance are also members of the Virginia Music Educators Association.
Students will be rehearsing in the Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will have the opportunity to work with highly regarded guest conductors who will prepare them for the performance. Students also can attend a college fair and visit representatives from thirteen colleges and universities to learn about their music programs and performing ensembles. During the weekend, teachers will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions.
Concert times on Saturday April 29th, 2023 are as follows:
- 11:00 AM – SSAA Chorus
- 11:45 AM – SATB Chorus
- 1:15 PM – Concert Band
- 2:30 PM – Symphonic Band
- 3:45 PM – Orchestra
Virginia State Delegate Betsy Carr representing Virginia’s 69th District will make remarks prior to the 11:00 AM concert. Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds will make remarks prior to the 2:30 PM concert.
For more detailed information about rehearsal and performance schedules, please contact the All-Virginia event chair, Mike Horanski at 724-612-4043 or [email protected].
Many local Richmond businesses have stepped up to serve as sponsors for this event including Publix, Wegmans and Dominion Energy.
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