Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Music & Ensembles

The SCAA Music Program is designed with multi-level classes such as group piano and group guitar, and an educational & performance based choir/vocal ensemble and string orchestra ensemble.

New this year: Classes are being offered in two sessions. Students will need to register separately for each session. Study begins this fall on a virtual platform using Zoom, with phases built into Session I for potential reentry into the physical SCAA dance studios. Session II will have high expectations for live in-studio classes.

Session I will run twelve weeks in length from September 14 – December 11. Registration opens June 18. Study begins this fall on a virtual platform using ZOOM.  Students will receive the instruction at home from a device of their choice. More information regarding ZOOM can be found here. Note: with strict class-size limits, please register early to reserve your spot.

Session II is fourteen weeks in length and begins January 25, with registration opening in mid-November. For Session II, SCAA has high expectations for live, in-studio classes as public health rules and mandates allow. Decisions and information regarding in person classes will be forthcoming in December 2020 or January 2021.

Placements into appropriate levels are by teacher recommendation. Students from 2019-20 will receive an email from the SCAA office with their Fall 2020 dance instructor’s recommendations. Placements for new students are determined by instructors and the Dance Program Coordinator.

For all questions pertaining to classes, please email scaa@su.edu.

Performance information is not available at this time.

Holidays/Closures
November 22-27: No classes
December 5-11: Final week of classes before break


Group Piano I

Age: 6 to 10 years

Group Piano teaches the keyboard fundamentals of rhythm, note reading, and theory in a friendly online setting. You will be required to purchase Alfred’s Basic Group Piano Course Book 1 (17375).

Class begins September 19 for twelve weeks (plus two optional “game days” on Wednesdays, October 7 & November 4, 6:30-7:15 p.m.)

Tuition: $168
Class Offered:
SAT 11:30-12:15 p.m. | Maria Anderson | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN 100-01
Note: Required to have a piano or simple keyboard at home.


Group Piano II

Age: 6 and up

Group Piano II builds on the basics learned in Group Piano I and moves on to reading from a staff. It continues the use of games and student interaction to enhance learning in a friendly online setting. You will be required to purchase Alfred’s Basic Group Piano Course Book 2 (17376).

Class begins September 19 for twelve weeks (plus two optional “game days” on Wednesdays, October 7 & November 4, 5:00-5:45 p.m.)

Tuition: $168
Class Offered:
SAT 10:00-10:45 p.m. | Maria Anderson | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN 101-01
Note: Required to have a piano or simple keyboard at home.


Group Piano III

Age: 8 and up

This class is for students who have completed Group Piano 2. Students will continue to grow in their knowledge of piano through song, rhythm, ear training and composition. You will be required to purchase Alfred’s Basic Group Piano Course Book 3 (18092).

Class begins September 19 for twelve weeks (plus two optional “game days” on Wednesdays, October 7 & November 4, 5:45-6:30 p.m.)

Tuition: $168
Class Offered:
SAT 10:45-11:30 p.m. | Maria Anderson | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN 102-01
Note: Required to have a piano or simple keyboard at home.


Blue Ridge Choristers

Ongoing enrollment

Age: Approximately 9 to 12 years

By virtual audition:
Contact Patty Austin, director: 304-874-4345

Blue Ridge Choristers is for children interested in sharing music with others in a focused but fun and safe online setting. Singers nurture their individual voices as they sing with the choir. With a varied repertoire of songs, students will learn vocal and choral technique, musicianship, harmony, and artistry.

The choir will meet twice per week; all together on Tuesdays, and a second meeting that same week either in small group/or as individual instruction*. Session I will begin September 15, 2020 for twelve weeks.

Tuition: $156 (includes individual/small group lessons)
Class Time:
TU 4:30-5:00 p.m. | Patty Austin, instructor | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN-801-01
*Small group/individual instruction times TBA


Top of Virginia Youth Chorale

Ongoing enrollment

Age: Approximately 13 to 18 years

By virtual audition:
Contact Patty Austin, director: 304-874-4345

The Top of Virginia Youth Chorale is for highly motivated singers desiring a challenging and artistically fulfilling choral experience. Vocal performance, musicianship, and artistry are nurtured both individually and as a choir, while singing a variety of choral literature in a safe online setting.

The choir will meet twice per week; all together on Tuesdays, and a second meeting that same week either in small group/or as individual instruction. Session I will begin September 15, 2020 for twelve weeks.

Tuition: $195 (includes individual, or small group lessons)
Class Offered:
TU 7:00-7:45 p.m. | Patty Austin, instructor | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN-802-01
*Small group/individual instruction times TBA


Shenandoah Valley Chamber Orchestra

Ongoing enrollment by audition

Age: 8 to 17 years

The Shenandoah Valley Chamber Orchestra is a multifaceted instructional and performance program for string players which includes two ensembles, the Sinfonietta and the Camerata. The purpose of the SVCO is to immerse students into the professional orchestra experience by embarking on the traditional chamber orchestra classical repertoire, world music, pops selections, and new commissioned or dedicated works. The SVCO requires a commitment of time and effort beyond private string study on the part of the student.

Rehearsals will be conducted via Zoom. Whenever the situation permits (refer to top of page), in-person rehearsals will take place at the SCAA facility.

Auditions are necessary in order to evaluate which orchestra part will be suitable to each students’ musical abilities. Auditions will be through a recorded audition. Contact scaa@su.edu for audition information.

Session I begins September 14th, for 12 weeks.
Session II begins January 25th, for 14 weeks (students will need to re-register for session II)

Tuition: $195 (Session I)
Class Offered:
SVCO Sinfonietta (Beginner/Intermediate)
M 4:45-6:00 p.m. Ms. Cynthia Saucedo, Artistic Director | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN 700-01

Tuition: $234 (Session I)
Class Offered:
SVCO Camerata (Advanced)
M 5:45-7:15 p.m. | Dr. Alán Saucedo, Artistic Director | Virtual-ZOOM | AMEN-701-01


Children Sing!

Coming in January 2021

Age: 5 to 8 years


Intro to Guitar

Coming in January 2021

 Age: 7 to 11 years

Interested in playing guitar? This introductory five-week class will introduce basic playing technique and music reading. This is a great way to begin learning the instrument prior to signing up for private lessons. Bring an acoustic guitar and a pick.