Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Music & Ensembles

                       The SCAA Music Program is designed with multi-level classes such as Group Piano and Group Guitar, an educational/performance-based Choir Ensembles and String Orchestra

For all questions pertaining to classes, call 540-665-4602 or email scaa@su.edu

Performance information is not available at this time

Fall Holidays/Closures
November 24-29: No classes
December 13-17: Final week of classes before break


Intro to Guitar

 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. Class begins Friday, October 15 for 5 weeks.

Tuition: $70
Class Offered:
F 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Keith Filppu, instructor | RM 100 | AMEN 200-01


Group Piano I

Age: 6 to 10 years

Group Piano teaches the keyboard fundamentals of rhythm, note reading, and theory in a friendly setting. Access to a keyboard or piano is required. Class begins September 1 for 14 weeks.

Tuition: $224
Class Offered:
SAT 12 noon-12:45 p.m. | Maria Anderson, instructor | 305 | AMEN 100-02


Group Piano II

(Continuation of the Spring’21 Group Piano I)

Age: 7 to 12 years

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 setting. Access to a keyboard or piano is required. Class begins September 1 for 14 weeks.

Tuition: $224
Class Offered:
SAT 10:45-11:30 p.m. | Maria Anderson, instructor | 305 | AMEN 101-01


The Crescendo Chorus

Ongoing enrollment

Age: 5 to 8 years

Students will be challenged and encouraged to demonstrate the creative skills they learned in class at various concerts throughout the year. New students can enroll during the year if class is not at capacity and tuition will be prorated for the remainder of the academic year. Class begins September 9, 2021  and ends in mid-May.

Tuition: $368
Class Offered:
TH 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Patty Austin, instructor | RM 100 | AMEN 800-01


Blue Ridge Choristers

Ongoing enrollment

Age: Approximately 9 to 12 years

By audition: Call 304-874-4345
Blue Ridge Choristers is for children interested in sharing music with others in a focused but fun setting. Singers nurture their individual voices as they sing with the choir. With a varied repertoire, students will experience performance artistry, vocal technique, and musical learning. Performances occur throughout the year. New students can enroll during the year if class is not at capacity and tuition will be prorated for the remainder of the academic year. Class begins September 14, 2021 and ends in mid-May

Tuition: $456
TU 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Patty Austin, instructor | RM 100 | AMEN-801-01


Top of Virginia Youth Chorale

Ongoing enrollment

Age: Approximately 13 to 18 years

By audition: Call 304-874-4345
The Top of Virginia Youth Chorale is for highly motivated singers desiring a challenging and artistically fulfilling choral experience. Vocal performance is nurtured both individually and as a choir, while singing a variety of choral literature. Performances occur throughout the year. New students can enroll during the year if class is not at capacity and the tuition will be prorated for the remainder of the academic year. Rehearsals begin September 14, 2021 and end in mid-May.

Tuition: $490
Class Offered:
TU 6:30-8:15 p.m. | Patty Austin, instructor | RM 100 | AMEN-802-01


Shenandoah Valley Chamber Orchestra

Ongoing enrollment by audition (email scaa@su.edu for audition information)

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 presenting three different thematic concerts throughout the year, collaborations with guest artists, and presentations in venues in and around the city of Winchester. The SVCO requires a commitment of time and effort beyond private string study on the part of the student.

Auditions are needed for placement of students in the two ensembles. This year you are given the option to audition in person or via video recording. In person auditions will take place at SCAA on Friday September 10th, from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.

Tuition: $481
Classes Offered:
SVCO Sinfonietta (Beginner/Intermediate)
M 5:45-7:15 p.m. Ms. Cynthia Saucedo, Artistic Director | Room 100 | AMEN 700-01

Tuition: $481
SVCO Camerata (Advanced)
M 5:45-7:15 p.m. | Dr. Alán Saucedo, Artistic Director | Room 100 | AMEN-701-01