Virginia Choristers Summer Institute

What is the Virginia Choristers Summer Institute?

The Virginia Choristers Summer Institute is an Incredible Musical Experience!

It is a week of sharing with other musicians; of making lifetime friendships; of developing interpersonal skills; and of growing as a musician and an individual. The daily schedule of rehearsals, classes and individual attention from our distinguished faculty is a challenging and exhilarating artistic experience.

The combination of an outstanding faculty, the beautiful and historic setting in the heart of Virginia, a rich musical environment and talented students from across the Richmond metro area makes the camp an exciting, memorable and rewarding experience. VCSI offers a supportive and inspiring musical environment for the student artist.  Voice students of all levels are welcome. Attention is given to individual needs, learning style and physiology. Repertoire selections are tailored to match student abilities. Students will receive instruction on proper vocal production. Emphasis will be placed on exercises to reach a singer's appropriate range, the development of effective practice skills, memorization techniques and performance etiquette.

VCSI will include group rehersals, individual attention, music theory, history and musicianship classes. A concert of choral music will conclude the week.

Who are the Virginia Choristers?

The Virginia Choristers offer an inspirational choral music experience for youth ages six to seventeen. Singers are challenged to attain choral excellence, develop musicianship skills and confidence in their ability to express themselves through the beauty of music. The 2016-2017 season will culminate with a European Tour as part of The International Summer Institutes, as well as numerous local performances and collaborations with other musical ensembles.


Lynnelle Ediger

Artistic Director 


Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia


Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia, a nationally recognized educator, is the founder and director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble. She has taught voice and harp, and directed harp and choral ensembles for over 20 years. Under her leadership, the AYHE has established and enjoyed an international reputation for musical and educational excellence. The American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE) has brought world-class music to enthusiastic audiences in the U.S. and abroad through hundreds of performances, recordings, television and radio features on CNN, NBC, PBS and NPR affiliate stations. With fifteen national and international tours to their credit since 1999, the AYHE made its international debut performing in the Maastricht Music Festival (Netherlands). It has had other notable performances at the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), the Paris Music Festival (France), Salla Puccini (Milan), Salle Gaveau (Paris), the United Nations (NY), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the 34th and 38th American Harp Society National Conferences, the Association for Music Personnel in Public Radio National Conference (the AYHE was showcased for music directors from National Public Radio affiliate stations across the US and have subsequently been broadcast nationally) and Carnegie Hall (2001 and 2007). In 2009, the Ensemble performed in the London Festival of Music (England) and on the "State of the Arts" Concert Series at the U.S. Department of State to critical acclaim. Most recently, the Ensemble performed at the White House (DC), in the prestigious Advent Music Festival in Vienna and Salzburg (Austria) and debuted in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center.




For students not residing in Richmond and families wishing to travel with their child, information on local hotels can be provided.

  • Half-Day Camp 1:00pm-4:00pm, $350

Application Deadlines

Registration applications for the VCSI must be completed online or postmarked by July 1, 2017; registration after this date is by space availability only. Registration includes a completed registration form and a non-refundable deposit of $100 to reserve your space.


All applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 15 as of 1/1/2017

Other Deadlines

Once accepted, unless notification of withdrawal from VCSI is received in writing by 6/15/2017, the student and parent/guardian are considered legally responsible for payment of fees in full. All fees must be paid in full by 7/1/2017.