Music: Band, Choir, and Orchestra
Charlottesville City Schools lays a strong musical foundation in our elementary schools, where children sing and play instruments regularly. In the elementary schools, students take music class once or twice a week and generally offer winter and spring concerts. The students also perform in the community — for example, Venable Elementary was the guest choir when Grammy Award-winners Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding performed at the Paramount Theater in 2015.
Beginning in fifth grade, many students elect to join the band, choir, or orchestra. Charlottesville City Schools has an extraordinarily strong record of excellence in these groups. Some of our middle- and high-school performing groups have not received less than a superior rating (the highest possible) since the 1980s! In 2014, the Virginia Music Educators’ Association named CHS a Blue Ribbon School for the ninth time when it earned a superior ranking in the school’s top group for band, choir, and orchestra. In 2014, the CHS band was invited to perform at Virginia’s gubernatorial parade, and the orchestra accepted invitations to perform in cathedrals across France. Each spring, the CHS band, choir, and orchestra join forces for a special symphony concert. Charlottesville’s music program is regularly cited as exemplary, and its graduates perform professionally around the world.
For More Information
Aaron Eichorst, Fine Arts Coordinator