The Virginia Girls Choir comes next week to Rocky Mount for a free concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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The Virginia Girls Choir comes next week to Rocky Mount for a free concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Virginia choir offers free concert

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The Church of the Good Shepherd will offer a free sacred and secular concert by the Virginia Girls Choir early next week.

The overall choir is composed of 32 third- through 12-graders from the Richmond, Va., area who are chosen by audition, a release says. Its touring choir, which will perform in Rocky Mount, has 16 members.

Founded in 2008 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, the choirs are conducted by Dan Moriarty.

“The girls work to sing with spirit and understanding in a variety of musical styles,” the release says, “with the music of the Anglican tradition taking pride of place in their repertoire. ...

“While singing in a choir of great renown is, by its nature, a reward, choristers grow in confidence, poise, self-esteem, collegiality, as well as gain deep awareness and appreciation for the disciplined study of poetry, music and the arts.”

The Good Shepherd program will be a mix of accompanied and a capella songs. It will include popular music from the movies “The Wizard of Oz” and “Grease” and classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert and Sir Edward Elgar.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Immediately following the concert, there will be a free reception with the choir members.

In addition to weekly performances at St. Stephen’s, the choir has sung at Washington National Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church, also in Washington, and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City, the release says. A 2012 tour took the choir to England, where its members sang with the girls choirs of Lincoln Cathedral and of All Saints Church, Northampton.

The choir released its first CD, “An Unexpected Christmas,” in 2010 with Ana Hernandez. It featured 16 original arrangements of familiar carols and several new songs.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is at 231 N. Church St. For information, call Lawrence Goering, Good Shepherd’s organist and choirmaster, at 442-1134, ext. 224.