The Crozet Chorus, Inc. seeks to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in the community though high-quality performances and to inspire singers to realize their musical potential in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
History of the Crozet Chorus
The Crozet Chorus was organized by a local resident, Sandy Hodge, in the summer of 2015, to provide a venue for singers of all levels. Incorporated as a non-profit in December 2015 with a Board of Directors, it is a secular, non-auditioned chorus open to men and women. Our first performance, in December 2015, Songs of the Season, was a resounding success with a capacity audience and a standing ovation! Over 70 singers are now part of the chorus.
The Crozet Chorus performs a varied repertoire—from great composers both classical and modern, to music from across the globe and through the decades. We welcome singers of varied abilities and musical backgrounds from throughout the region. They come from diverse backgrounds—teachers, farmers, nurses, attorneys, architects, business people, professors, authors, homemakers and computer experts--all united in their love of choral music. Crozet Chorus is an educational and community outreach organization devoted to fostering excellence in performances and a greater appreciation of choral music in both chorus members and the community. The chorus has no religious or political affiliation.
Dr. John McCarty is an assistant professor of music and the director of choral music at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA, where he conducts the Bridgewater College Chorale, Concert Choir and Oratorio Choir; teaches courses in music history, music education and ethnomusicology; and advises the Gospel Choir and A Cappella Choir. Dr. McCarty earned his doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting, pedagogy and literature from James Madison University, where he conducted the JMU Men’s Chorus and the chamber choir of the Valley Collegium Musicum. He received his master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he served as the assistant conductor for the University Women’s Chorus and the 200-voice Gospel Choir. His bachelor’s degree is in K-12 vocal music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. As a choral singer, he performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale in St. Paul, MN and VocalEssence in Minneapolis, MN. As a conductor, he has served as a clinician for church, school and community choruses and has conducted honors choirs throughout Virginia. In addition to his work at Bridgewater College, Dr. McCarty is currently the music director at Clover Hill United Methodist Church in Dayton, VA.
Tracey Schimmel Reed maintains an active schedule of collaboration with instrumentalists and vocalists, chamber music, and solo performance throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Ms. Reed holds a MM degree from James Madison University and her formative studies have been with Tracy Grandy, Dr. Lori Piitz, and Dr. Gabriel Dobner. While at JMU, she won the competitive concerto competition twice and enjoyed multiple performances with both the JMU Symphony Orchestra and JMU Wind Symphony as soloist. Upcoming projects include the Friendly City Chamber Ensemble’s inaugural concert and joining the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir as their newest staff pianist.
Board of Directors 2016-2017:
- Sandra Hodge, President and Chair
- Nancy Fleischman, Treasurer
- Deborah Pyles, Secretary
- Joan Forrest
- Joanne Davis