[Photo: Suhail Mir / Youth Orchestras of Prince William]

Woodbridge, VA (April 11, 2014) – The Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW) is delighted to announce the addition of a Youth Chorus for the 2014-2015 season. This treble voice choir will be open to both male and female students in grades 3 through 8. The chorus will perform a variety of repertoire including classical, folk, and world music and collaborate with YOPW’s orchestras.

John Devlin, Music Director said, “YOPW’s mission is to serve the area’s youth by providing them with high-level musical opportunities. We saw a need for an excellent choral program that will bring together talented youth from around the region. Our unique position within the county allows YOPW to do this and will give the chorus the chance to perform with our instrumental ensembles.”

YOPW began incorporating choral collaborations into their performances in the 2012-2013 season. These have proven to be successful learning opportunities for all of the students – orchestra members and singers – and YOPW is excited to expand these offerings.

“Integrating a youth choir into our own offerings is an ideal channel for younger students that are interested in the choral arts. With us, they will grow into excellent ensemble members and enjoy the experience in the way that our instrumental students are currently able,” said Devlin.

Students interested in joining the new Youth Chorus will be required to complete a voice check. Voice checks will give students the opportunity to meet with Chorus staff one-on-one and will last 5-7 minutes per student.

Voice Checks will be held:

· Monday, May 12th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Gar-Field High School

· Monday, May 19th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Patriot High School

· Saturday, September 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Gar-Field High School

Appointments can be made by contacting the YOPW Office at (703) 590-7083 or yopw@yopwva.org.

For more than 30 years, the Youth Orchestras of Prince William has provided exceptional instrumental education for the youth of the region. We offer opportunities for a wide spectrum of students, ranging from beginning string players and intermediate wind players to advanced students performing professional symphonic repertoire. YOPW enrolls approximately 275 students in three string orchestras, two symphony orchestras, a wind symphony, and a variety of chamber music ensembles. Our students are primarily from Prince William County, Virginia, but YOPW members come from all over Northern Virginia and North Central Virginia. For more information about the Youth Orchestras of Prince William visit our website: http://www.yopwva.org.Yout