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 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, the chorus is secular, non-auditioned and 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 100 singers have been 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.
A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Addison Walton is from Bridgewater, Virginia and began her musical studies in both the instrumental and vocal worlds at a young age. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she first discovered her passion for choral conducting. After JMU she taught in the public school systems of Virginia and North Carolina and served as music director for numerous academic and community productions including Les Misérables, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and The Wizard of Oz.
Upon moving to Columbus, Georgia, Addison began her tenure at Columbus State University as the Music Preparatory Division Coordinator. While working in a full-time staff capacity, she completed her Master of Music Performance Degree in Choral Conducting at Columbus State University under Dr. Ianthe Marini, graduating summa cum laude. From there, she was appointed the Interim Director of Choral Activities at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music and conducted the Schwob Singers and CSU Choral Union.
Addison has performed in master classes for various artists and conductors including Bobby McFerrin, Nigel Short, Gabriel Crouch, and Dr. André Thomas. She has worked as a conductor in a master class setting with Dr. Pearl Shangkuan as one of four selected participants for the 2020 Georgia-American Choral Directors Association Conducting Master Class.
In addition to conducting, Addison has enjoyed, and still maintains, an active performance career in many vocal settings. In 2013 she was nominated for a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Female Solo by the Contemporary A Cappella Society. Addison has performed in residency at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, in Charleston, South Carolina at the Spoleto Festival, internationally at the London New Year’s Day Parade, and here at home with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and actor Anthony Daniels in Star Wars In Concert. She is currently pursuing her Doctor or Musical Arts Degree at James Madison University in Choral Conducting. She and her husband, Sgt. Chris Walton, live in Harrisonburg, VA with their daughter, Ella.
Chorus Artistic Advisor
Dr. W. Bryce Hayes maintains an active career as a conductor, teacher, church musician, pianist, accompanist and singer. Bryce is currently associate professor of Choral Music Education at James Madison University where he works with the Treble Chamber Choir, The University Men's Chorus, and Kor, a select men's ensemble of 14. He also teaches graduate choral literature, undergraduate conducting, and music education classes. Dr. Hayes is a certified Kodály educator, and his current research interests include strategies for improving musicianship with secondary and collegiate choirs, the role of gender in the choral ensembles, and creativity in the choral classroom. Dr. Hayes holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. His career began with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College following which he served as the Director of Upper School Choral Music at Princeton Day School.
Joyce Polifka relocated to Charlottesville in January 2018 with her husband and three young children. Prior to the move, she was an Adjunct Piano Professor at Colorado College, a post she had held since 2006. She was also the Children’s Music Assistant at Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, where she helped direct and accompany choristers ages 5-18. Joyce had a busy home studio and was an active member of the Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association, in which she chaired several festivals and held various board positions. She served on the Piano Faculty of Montgomery College in Rockville, MD from 2003-2006, where she taught both group and private piano. At that time, Joyce was also Director of Music at the National Naval Medical Center and Assistant Director of Music at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In 2007, Joyce earned her National Certification as a Teacher of Music (NCTM).