The Blacksburg Master Chorale (BMC) has been performing in the New River and Roanoke Valley areas for more than 30 years. It all started from a local group of musicians and singers deciding to put on a performance of Handel’s Messiah to generate support for the local food pantry at Christmastime. This past year, the BMC again performed Messiah, but with significant differences - a fully rehearsed, full orchestra with professional soloists at one of the acoustically finest auditoria in the country, Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center. This change highlights the distance that BMC has come in the intervening years and it was just one of 5 scheduled performances – one of them organized specifically in support of the local food pantry!
More recently, the Blacksburg Children’s Chorale was incorporated to provide the opportunity for young choristers to enjoy the thrill of performing and to develop their full potential as singers. Led by extremely talented music directors, members of both chorales are challenged by a wide repertoire of musical genres, including classical works, folksongs, and Broadway favorites. Often, the two chorales perform together as they were scheduled to do for the 2019-2020 season’s finale, the premiere of Mosaic for Earth composed by the BMC Music Director, Dr. Dwight Bigler. Unfortunately, this highlight of the season had to be postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, the BMC’s Board of Directors are not discouraged and are working to devise ways in which both chorales can continue to prepare for the next performance season whenever it starts!