In the winter of 1987 Craig Fields, former Music Director, held a “Messiah-Aid” concert to raise funds for the homeless population in the New River Valley. The concert attracted over 125 community singers and raised over one thousand dollars in support. Seeing the tremendous turnout, Fields realized the community was longing for the chance to participate in the choral arts. So in April of 1988, the Blacksburg Master Chorale performed its very first concert.
Blacksburg Master Chorale
27 years later, the Blacksburg Master Chorale
(BMC), is still providing the New River Valley the opportunity to sing in three to four concerts a season! It also provides students from Virginia Tech the opportunity to apply their skills and education to a “real-life” situation. The BMC partners with local musicians, professional and students, to play accompaniment for its concerts. These collaborations provide the professional musicians a job opportunity and the student musicians a chance to perform outside of the university setting.
For the past two years the BMC has expanded its reach to Roanoke by performing its holiday concert at the Greene United Methodist Church in Roanoke as well as locally in Blacksburg.
Blacksburg Children's Chorale
The Blacksburg Children's Chorale
(BCC) was formed in 2006 as the educational outreach arm of the BMC. The BCC provides children ages 8-18 the opportunity to participate in the choral arts which in turn gives them a greater sense of self, teaches them collaboration, and social skills all while learning how to read music, sing, and to perform.
The BCC provides its participants a summer camp where they further advance their skills in musicianship, the chance to perform with the BMC in its annual holiday concert, multiple opportunities to participate in outside projects with talented musicians, as well as community events such as the annual lighting of the tree in downtown Blacksburg.
Recent highlights include performing with the Philip Glass Ensemble at the inaugural concert for the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and performing in the world premeire of the children's opera, The Three Feathers