Hometown Choir



Music Changes Lives


Working with the YMCA, we visit the after school programs at the six Charlottesville City Elementary Schools to teach music and movement activities. All students learn the same set of songs and join together as a large children’s choir – the “Hometown Choir” – to perform at community events and concerts.

Partner schools include Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson-Via, Johnson, and Venable.

Hometown Choir

The Chorus America Study recently shared findings from a national survey of children in choruses. We’re so glad to share these benefits with the young music-makers in our Hometown Choir:


Children who sing in choruses get significantly better grades

  • In Math, parents reported that 45% of singers got A’s and only 38% of non-singers got A’s.
  • In English, 54% of singers got A’s and only 43% of non-singers received A’s.

Parents of choir member reported a significant increase in qualities conducive to learning and development.

  • Good memory
  • Good practice and homework habits
  • High levels of creativity
  • Better team players
  • Advanced social skills

80% or more of educators say that choir participation makes students:


  • Better participants in groups
  • Helps develop stronger social skills
  • Better emotional expression and management
  • Improves overall academic performance
  • Instills self-discipline and punctuality

The Hometown choir was such a wonderful and dynamic experience for my kiddos—not just the singing, but the different musicians that made guest appearances and often with different instruments. The exposure to those musicians and their instruments in addition to the fun my kids had made for such a wonderful experience for them! We can’t wait till next year!!

– Jenny (parent)

“The diverse group of kids, the choice of songs, and the ability for the students to collaborate with other schools provided a unique and fun way for my daughter to experience choir for the first time! I can’t say enough about the experience overall, and I’m so grateful to have had y’all with my daughter. Please come back next year!”

-Jamie (parent)