June 29, 2013
The Virginia Consort Choral Academy held its inaugural concert at St. Anne's Belfield school on Saturday, June 29.
The academy is a six day summer program of intensive musical training aimed at high school students.
Professional singers and performers come out to help, so that the kids can see if its something they want to do in the future.
They performed the Mozart Requiem, one of the most famous choral compositions.
"Judith Gary is the executive director and conductor and she chose this piece because it is beloved." says Kathy Osvath, committee member of the Virginia Consort.
"She sang it when she was in high school, had a fantastic experience and decided that she wanted to give other high school kids that same experience."
They students had to learn the songs for the Requiem in just five days, which Osvath says is much quicker than normal, when performers have 8 weeks to prepare.
After the performance, organizers met for dinner to start hammering out ideas for next year's academy.
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