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 Spring Concerts will be:
Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.
The James River Singers will be performing their spring concert, Wonder and Mystery, this upcoming May. We are privileged to be singing absolutely beautiful music that explores the Wonder and Mystery of Life; everything from a raga from India, a gospel piece, a Dolly Parton song, some German romantic music, an amazing piece by Ola Gjeilo based on a poem from St John of the Cross, etc. We will be joined by a string quartet and french horn. Please, come join us and bring your friends!!!!
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.