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After 26 years, Kimberly Davidson, the director of the 270-strong Roanoke College Children’s Choir, is leaving the college to form an independent non-profit, the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir.
Davidson tells me that the choir has grown too large for Olin Hall to easily accommodate it, and also that shifting to a non-profit will let her work toward being compensated for the many volunteer hours she puts in.
At present she’s still an employee of the college, but over the summer the choir will make the transition to a non-profit, and start rehearsing at Hollins University. “We’re already a self-supporting, financially, and a self-governing organization,” Davidson told me.
Here’s the official statement from Roanoke College.
After a long and distinguished shared history with Roanoke College, the Roanoke College Children’s Choir will become the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, an independent nonprofit organization.
The new Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir will be headed by Kimberly Davidson, who has directed the Roanoke College Children’s Choir for many years. Davidson announced the change to choir members last night [Tuesday.] The transition to an independent nonprofit will occur during the summer months.
Roanoke College and the Children’s Choir have a long and distinguished history. The choir was founded at Roanoke College in 1987 and today is comprised of more than 270 children, ranging from ages 8 to 18, in three training choirs and a concert choir. The choir has an impressive resume, including twice being selected as the Official Choir of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, performing a joint concert with the U.S. Army Band, being a featured choir at Carnegie Hall and participating in the Pacific Rim Festival in Hawaii. At home, the Roanoke College Children’s Choir has enriched the cultural life in the Roanoke Valley with annual concerts several times each year.
Roanoke College is proud of its 26-year relationship with the choir and has been pleased to help develop the choir into one of the premier children’s choirs in the country. Roanoke College wishes the new Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir success in sharing beautiful music with the Roanoke region and with the world.