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Why Your Musical Background Matters: a college prep workshop

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

November 3, 2012 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Second Baptist Church
9614 River Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
$100, includes lunch
Leslie Dripps

City Singers Children’s Choir is sponsoring an upcoming workshop aimed at assisting middle and high schoolers with a musical background in positioning themselves for college applications and auditions.  The lineup of speakers is unusually strong and this is a really great opportunity for Richmond music students.  The speakers include:

Erin Freeman: Richmond Symphony Associate Conductor and James Erb Choral Chair

Suzanne Mallory-Parker: Associate Director of Education at CenterStage Foundation, retired Instructional Specialist for the Performing Arts in Chesterfield County Schools

Dr. Jeffrey Riehl: University of Richmond Associate Professor of Music, Director of University Choir and Schola Cantorum

Russell Wilson: Richmond Symphony Principal, Quincy and Anne Owen Cole Chair, Piano & Celeste

Tracia Austin: Musical Director & Vocal Coach, Christian Youth Theater; choral clinician and adjudicator, private voice instructor

La Toya Draper: Henrico High School Center for the Arts Counseling Director

Lee Hanchey: Project Coordinator for BrightLights Education Initiative Partnership with Richmond Symphony and Richmond CenterStage, Former Director of the Henrico Center for the Arts

Rebecca Tyree, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University

The event will be Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9am-2pm at the Second Baptist Church (at the corner of River and Gaskins Rds. 23229).  The cost of the workshop is $100 and includes lunch.  100% of any profit benefits City Singers Choirs (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization) and its tuition assistance fund.  Contact Leslie Dripps with any questions at 657-7667 or  The event page is  and registration information is available at