FREE Choir summer camp for Grades 1-12

Date & Time: Monday, June 11th - Saturday, June 16th

Location: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 Thompson Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Description/Other Information: We will sing music from movies and broadway!

GRADES 1 - 8
Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15th 8:30am - 12pm
Saturday June 16th 10 am / Performance at 11am / Potluck at 11:30am

GRADES 9 - 12
Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15th 1pm - 3pm
Saturday June 16th 10 am / Performance at 11am / Potluck at 11:30am
Students in grades 9 - 12 are encouraged to help with our morning camp. To sign up to help with the morning camp please visit:

1. Create an account on:
2. Enroll in the camp
3. Complete the checkout process - total cost is $0

email us: ChildrensChoirCentralVA@Gmail.Com
phone us: 434-260-1180
view our website:

If the camp fills up and we have many students still interested we will host another camp on a date to be announced.

Charlottesville Municipal Band Solo Competition and Scholarship 

Charlottesville Municipal Band Solo Competition and Scholarship 

A message from Don Brubaker, Education Director:

Dear Charlottesville-area private music teacher,

The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Inc. is sponsoring it eighth annual James W. Simmons Solo Competition & Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship. This program gives your students the chance to receive both a $1,000 college scholarship and an opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Municipal Band of Charlottesville.

Please forward the attached information to your eligible students and encourage them to participate. Brochures and applications may be copied and distributed as necessary. If you have any questions, you may call the Municipal Band at 434.295.9850 or send an email to

We look forward to hearing your students audition in January!

Click on this link for the application form:

Click on this link for the CMB brochure:

Free Recital, Workshop and Masterclass

Free Recital, Workshop and Masterclass 

On October 13 and 14th, Violist Shelia Browne will be presenting a recital and Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop and Masterclass at the University of Virginia. Through the generous support and funding by the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia we are able to host these events at no charge.

Who is Karen Tuttle and what is a coordination workshop?

Coordination is the word that Tuttle used to refer to her approach to the instrument. There are many aspects to this, including stance, balancing the instrument, physical releases, musical impulses, and emotional responses to the music. These concepts will be introduced to all of the participants, and all of the teachers will work with the participants to help them learn this approach.

This mini residency will include: 

Friday, October 13th at 8pm, Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, UVA

          Shelia Browne, viola and Julie Nishimura, piano

          Recital Program to include: Shatin, Piazolla, Schumann, and Bartok

Saturday Oct. 14th, Old Cabell Hall, Room B12, UVA.

          Workshop, Masterclass, Q & A

            10-12:30pm Coordination Workshop

            12:30-1:30 Lunch break


            3:30pm Q & A: 

The Magic of Collaborating on New Music with Sheila Browne and Judith Shatin.

Both days will be free and open to all. All instruments and levels are welcome. Everyone will have the opportunity to try these ideas on their own instrument.

Please see the attached flyer and I hope you will encourage your students to join you in attending one or all of the programs available!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ayn Balija at



Ayn Balija, DMA

Lecturer of Viola, University of Virginia

Principal Viola, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra at the University of Virginia



New Youth Ensemble - Charlottesville Municipal Band

Municipal Band Youth Ensemble Spring Registration

The Charlottesville Municipal Band is sponsoring a new youth ensemble. The new band will practice after school hours, perfect for students at private schools, homeschool students, and other youth looking for an opportunity to play in a band.  The youth ensemble will cap off the year with a public concert.

What:               Intermediate Level Band
Director:           Steve Layman (Director of Municipal Band; retired Band Director at WAHS)
Who:                5th-9th grade students with at least 1 year experience on a band instrument
Where:             The Municipal Arts Center in Charlottesville (off 5th St. exit)
When:              Monday 4:30-6 PM. Spring 2017: Feb 6-May 8, 8-12 practice sessions* 
Cost:                $225/student; students (except percussion) must rent own instruments                      * 8-12 sessions depending on the number registered

If your child(ren) are interested, please contact the youth ensemble manager, Emily Luebke ( with their name, grade, instrument, and years played.

Opportunity - choir accompanist

ADVERTISEMENT for Pianist/Accompanist:

Vibrant church in Fishersville, VA seeking a PT paid pianist to accompany the choir and perform for Sunday worship services, special presentations, and outreach programs.  This position reports to the Director of Music Ministries.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  A detailed job description is available by contacting the church office at (540) 942- 9355.   Please send resumes via email or a printed copy can be mailed to: Pianist Search Committee, 1600 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939.


Opportunities - YOCVA Executive Director

Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia (YOCVA) seeks Executive Director (ED)


YOCVA, entering its 40th season in 2017, is the area's only full season symphonic experience for elementary, middle, and high school youth living in central Virginia. Our five ensembles provide high quality musical education and performance opportunities throughout the academic year to youth from more than 6 Virginia counties.

The ED position is a wonderful opportunity to join a dynamic organization with a track record for excellence. This part-time, highly visible, ~20 per week position, requires experience in nonprofit leadership, fund development, recruitment and management of artistic staff and volunteers, collaboration with schools and community organizations, and program stewardship.  The position reports to the Youth Orchestra Board of Directors.  

Benefits include a flexible work schedule, the privilege of working with amazing youth members and conductors, and the potential to set the course of the organization for the next 40 years.  The board is seeking a highly motivated professional with vision and passion, along with the experience and work ethic to bring that vision to life.

Click here for the full position description:

To apply, please forward a cover letter, resume or CV, salary requirements, and at least 3 references to: