Giving Voice to the Human Spirit
Giving Voice to the Human Spirit
The James River Singers is a non-profit ensemble devoted to increasing public awareness of choral music as art. The ensemble performs a wide variety of works, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance to the present day, providing the Richmond area an important outlet for experiencing the large body of choral literature.
The history of the James River Singers is the story of two choirs merging to becoming one ensemble. Originally founded by Thomas Colohan and a few friends in 1995, the chamber chorus has ever since pursued its vision of bringing exquisite choral literature to the Richmond community.
Throughout the years, we have had the privilege and delight to enchant our audiences with a variety of traditional and contemporary vocal work. Here is just a sampling of the pieces we have performed since our founding.
Our Christmas Concerts will be:
Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th.
The James River Singers will be performing their Christmas concert, Tidings of Joy, this upcoming December. We are privileged to be singing absolutely beautiful music that celebrates the joy of this Holiday season by performing works by Palestrina, Mack Wilberg, Dan Forrest, Johann Michael Bach, John Tavener, and many other composers! We will also be including our annual sing-along! A brass quintet, organ, and the Women's Schola from St. Joseph Catholic Church will be joining us in our performances. Please, come join us and bring your friends!!!!
Friday, December 15th at 7pm at Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond, VA
Saturday, December 16th at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Henrico, VA
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (757) 814-5446 or may be purchased at the door.
For our friends and family who are not local to Richmond, you can livestream our concerts via ConcertWindow.
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An electronic copy of our program for this concert can be found here.
David Pedersen became the artistic director and conductor of the James River Singers in 2011 after having joined the ensemble as a singer in 2007. Mr. Pedersen serves as director of music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he conducts adult and youth choirs. He is also the director of the University of Richmond Women’s Chorale and served as interim director of Schola Cantorum in 2011. He is the founding director of the choir program at the Greater Richmond School of Music and he frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator at choral festivals. Mr. Pedersen has previously directed the music programs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News, Virginia, and Risen Christ Catholic Community in Boise, Idaho. He founded and directed the Honor Choir, Women’s Chorale and Classical Guitar Ensemble at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho from 2003 to 2006. Ensembles under his direction have earned top ratings at festivals and competitions, and have performed on concert tours of the United States as well as Austria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Hungary. In 2006 his high school choirs were invited to perform in Austria and Czech Republic for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
Mr. Pedersen holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association and the Church Music Association of America.
Keith Tan is joining us for his fifth season as rehearsal and concert accompanist with the James River Singers. Keith Tan is the Music Minister at Christ Church Episcopal (1998 to present) in Richmond, Virginia. He established numerous worship bands, choirs, and produced six albums with Christ Church musicians. As pianist and singer/songwriter, he recorded and produced his debut solo album Inscribe in 2003 and released his sophomore album Something Real in 2010. As a local composer and arranger, Keith was commissioned by Richmond Shakespeare to arrange a piece for them and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, for the grand opening of CenterStage in Richmond (2009). He was also commissioned by Richmond Choral Society to compose a choral work for their 75th anniversary celebration in 2015. Keith also serves as rehearsal and concert accompanist for the Richmond Choral Society (since 2009). As a worship leader, Keith has performed and spoken at worship conferences.
Keith has been a piano instructor for 17 years, including teaching piano at University of Richmond (1998-2007), and currently teaches at the Center of Creative Arts at Shady Grove UMC, Glen Allen. He graduated B.Mus. in Piano Performance with Honors from University of Richmond, and M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University, VA.