sacred work to be performed in Washington, D.C., Virginia
Virginia College Chamber Choir at Washington D.C. Vistor's Center (Oct
"Passion & the Promise" Concert Schedule
Singers in concert March 23
ATLANTA -- The Southern Virginia College
Chamber Choir recently completed a Southern States tour performing to
mostly members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in both
Georgia and North Carolina.
After receiving a standing ovation for a performance in Atlanta, the
choir members mingled with concert-goers. Audience member Ginger
Dean commented, "It's quite impressive what they can do, considering
the size of the college." Other audience members made similar
comments. The choir is made up of 40 students under the direction of
Dr. Keith Bradshaw. There are roughly 400 students attending
Southern Virginia College -- making one out of every ten students a member
of the choir.
Dr. Keith Bradshaw is conductor
of the Southern Virginia College Chamber Choir.
The choir's inspiration and discipline comes from Dr. Keith
Bradshaw. The choir originally sang as a club on the college
campus. Dr. Bradshaw volunteered to lead the choir -- and the
results thus far have been impressive. The choir has averaged 30
performances a year all along the east coast during its 3-year life.
The choir sang at the opening of the new theater at the Washington D.C.
Temple and in a regional conference for President Gordon B.
Dr. Bradshaw has a choir history of his own, having sung under the
accomplished Dr. Ronald Staheli, current conductor of the Brigham Young
University Singers. When asked how good he thinks the choir is, Dr.
Bradshaw simply responds, "We're good for the size of our school, but
have a long way to go."
Dr. Bradshaw is also a modern-day pioneer at the school.
"The professors are all extremely dedicated -- we're all investing
our hearts and souls into making the college a success," Dr. Bradshaw
commented. The professors have treated the fledgling college like a
start-up company -- even though the huge financial rewards often
associated with a start-up company will obviously never come as a
professor of a college. "It's a remarkable thing. We [the
faculty] all feel like we're building Zion in some small, but extremely
Although not owned or operated by the Church of Jesus Christ, nearly
all of the students are members of the Church. The mission statement
of the college is to "assist individuals fulfill their spiritual,
intellectual, and social potential as sons and daughters of God."
When asked what the college needs to ensure success, Dr. Bradshaw
commented frankly, "Generous donors." He stated that the
college has talented professors, committed students, and a solid
curriculum, but is still needing additional funding. "Because
it's not a church-owned school, donors may be more reticent to give.
But it's amazing what an impact even a $100 donation can make at the
school right now," he commented. "We're spreading the word
slowly about the college, and I'm sure the funding will come. In the
mean time, our choir needs a bit more practice. The first couple of
numbers were a bit shaky tonight."
Resources on the web:
Virginia College web site
Keith Bradshaw directory listing
Young University Singers