Appalachian Music Project announces children's choir

February 14 – May 4, 2023 @ University of Virginia's College at Wise

The Appalachian Music Project at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise announces the Children’s Choir, which will begin with interest in Spring 2023.The children’s choir is open to students in grades 3-8 and rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. in the Gilliam Center for the Arts on the UVA Wise Campus. Enrollment is open for the inaugural season. Register online

The Children’s Choir provides an ensemble experience that allows students to develop musically as individuals while contributing to the joy and artistry of singing with their peers.No experience is required. AMP believes students of varying ages can learn from each other by leading and working together to create something meaningful and musical.

Children who sing in choruses have greater academic success and more advanced social skills than children who don't sing, according to a national research study commissioned by Chorus America. Large majorities of parents and educators surveyed for the study attributed a significant part of a child's academic success to singing in a choir. Seventy-one percent of parents surveyed said their child had become more self-confident, 70 percent that self-discipline had improved, and 69 percent that the child's memory skills had improved.

AMP is an after-school music program connecting K-12 students in the Wise County area with qualified private music instructors at no cost to students or their families. Students are offered lessons and mentored in practice activities by UVA Wise music majors.AMP students are providedaccess to campus practice facilities in the Gilliam Center for the Arts.

The Appalachian Music Project is designed to make high-quality music education, in the form of individualized student music lessons by qualified music educators, available to all interested students, regardless of economic ability. AMP forges access to music educators, musical instruments (based on availability) and studio facilities to foster the artistic, intellectualand emotional development of the next generation of musicians to sustain the prolific musical heritage, across musical genres, in southwestern Virginia.

The Appalachian Music Project Spring 2023 semester runs through Thursday, May 4. Enrollment is on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis. For more information and to register, contact Co-Directors Peter (, 276-376-4519) and Hannah Ryan (, 276-376-4507).

The Appalachian Music Project is co-sponsored by The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and The University of Virginia’s 3 Cavaliers Rapid Seed Grant Program, as well as the Pro-Art Association, through a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Category: Music, Youth and Family