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Life at VTS

Chapel Music

"Whether you are a new, incoming student or you are preparing to begin another year of study, we would like to invite you to consider joining a choir at VTS."  

Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min., M.Mus.,
Associate Professor
 of Church Music

Choral Music at Virginia Theological Seminary

Chapel music is provided by one of four groups. Students are invited to join one or more of these groups for the academic year. 

Seminary Choir—open to all. A simple, painless audition is needed. This is the principle choir at the seminary, because we sing for worship each week. 

Motet Choir—a small group of students who read music well, taken from the Seminary Choir gets together three or four times before a major event they present, chiefly Advent Lessons & Carols the second Sunday afternoon of December. Sometimes selected singers from area parish choirs join this group in which case it is then called the Episcopal Community Choir. 

Schola Cantorum—this is a select group of people who sing Evensong each Tuesday afternoon, led by a student conductor. 

Prayer and Praise group—this is another student-led group, who lead the Prayer and Praise evening service each week. In order to participate in this group, students should contact the student leader, who this year is 
There is one audition that covers the first three groups. Auditions are held during the first week of the semester. 

Students are encouraged to create other opportunities to bring music to campus.  In the past, students have organized recitals, hymn sgins, rock concerts, and online collaborations. 

If you have any questions or if you would like further information about choral music at VTS, please feel free to contact the worship dept. We hope you will consider joining us in our ministry to the seminary community. It’s also a lot of fun! 






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