Above: Dr. Bryson Mortensen leading the 2016 Young Singers Project in performance at Norfolk's Ohef Sholom Temple.
2020 YOUNG SINGERS PROJECT IN CONCERT
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020 | 4PM Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center Virginia Wesleyan University
The Young Singers Project is the Chorale's flagship educational outreach program: high school singers from across Hampton Roads audition in November 2019 and an elite ensemble is selected to work alongside professional singers from the Chorale throughout January 2020, culminating in a special concert event.
Known in the Hampton Roads community as a choral conductor and pianist, Charles Woodward has served as the Artistic Director of the Virginia Chorale since 2011. He is the Music Director of Ohef Sholom Temple, Norfolk and of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Norfolk, and formerly, the choral director at the Governor's School for the Arts. As a pianist, Mr. Woodward is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber concerts, and has performed with the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Consort and Art Song of Williamsburg, at The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Hall (Boston) and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and in Germany and Italy. He served as Principal Coach for the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY and as Associate Conductor for the premiere of Kristin Kuster’s opera KEPT: A GHOST STORY, both for the Virginia Arts Festival. Mr. Woodward's performances have been heard on American Public Media's Performance Today. A graduate of Northwestern University, he has served on the adjunct music faculties of the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, and Christopher Newport University.
2020 YSP ROSTER
SOPRANO Anna Bateman, Junior Grassfield High School, Chesapeake Hannah Johnson, Sophomore Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth Serena Olsen, Senior Grafton High School, Yorktown Grace St. Germain, Senior Norview High School, Norfolk Ava Stevenson, Senior Homeschool Kailyn Wynn, Junior Churchland High School, Portsmouth
ALTO Cassidi Benson, Senior Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth Felixia Brooks, Sophomore Churchland High School, Portsmouth Ajia Lindsey, Senior Norview High School, Norfolk Katie Olenick, Sophomore Grassfield High School, Chesapeake Emma Parker, Senior Grassfield High School, Chesapeake
TENOR Adrian Dunn, Senior Warhill High School, Williamsburg Andrew Lander, Junior Young Musicians of Virginia Kyazia Painter, Senior Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth
BASS Zachary Mooney, Junior Grassfield High School, Chesapeake Robert Nolin, Senior Salem High School, Virginia Beach Daniel Olenick, Senior Grassfield High School, Chesapeake Josiah Upperman, Senior Grassfield High School, Chesapeake