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Youth Choir

With music as its cornerstone, the Jamestown Youth Choir seeks singers between the ages of 11 and 18 who want to learn, sing, and grow. Attention to voice technique, foreign language study, phonetic exercise, sight-reading, historical context and educational enrichment will make for a unique choral experience.

The Williamsburg area is ripe with history, culture and music. Using the music to drive our discussions, participants will delve into historic documents, sites and artwork to bring the program material to life.

Each rehearsal will include high- level segments on healthy singing habits, advanced sight-reading, translation and proper pronunciation of foreign languages. We will explore the historical background of the composers and works, and there will be lots of singing.  Repertoire will be advanced and WILL require effort and practice outside of rehearsals by the participants. 

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The Jamestown Youth Choir returns

this Fall. Please check back soon for

details on our 2023-24 season.

Reflecting on our Inaugural Season



Music of Jamestown, At Jamestown

Our first program

 introduced the

Jamestown Youth

Choir in the most

appropriate way –

with music that

would have been heard, known, or sung on Jamestown

Island by the people who lived there.

Selections by Byrd, Locke, Gibbons and Morley, plus

some music from the Native American tradition were

included.Performances were held at historical sites in

and around Jamestown Island.

Special guests and speakers enriched our rehearsal


Here We come a Wassailing –

Traditional carols of the

18th Century


“Hark! How All the Welkin

Rings!”  The Holiday

season is rich with history

in the Williamsburg area.

In the mid-18th century, the tunes and lyrics that we now

know from childhood were not quite established –

what exactly is a Welkin? Charles Wesley reigned

supreme, the Hallelujah Chorus hadn’t yet reached

Virginia, and Greensleeves was still a best-seller.

We explored the holiday traditions of the 1700's in a

performance at historic Bruton Parish Church in

Colonial Williamsburg.

Oh… and a “welkin” is a “Herald Angel”


Songs of the Civil War -Youth

on the Battlefield


“And fair the form of music shines,

that bright, celestial creature,

Who still, 'mid war's embattled

lines, Gave this one touch of


-Virginia poet

John Reuben Thompson


When the youth of both the North and South

marched off to battle, they took the songs of their

childhoods with them.

We explored the world of song beyond “The Battle Hymn

of the Republic” and “Dixie”, following 16-year old

Edwin. F. Jemison as he volunteered, fought, and died

at nearby Malvern Hill, near Richmond. He is buried

in his hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia. Trips to

local sites, including singing at the Museum of the Civil

War Soldier at Pamplin Park, enriched the experience

of our singers.

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