Winchester Musica Viva Ignite a Passion in Song

Winchester Musica Viva - a chamber based choir in Winchester, Virginia

Winchester Musica Viva is excited to introduce our new Artistic Director Dr. W. Bryce Hayes as 42nd concert season begins.

Dr. Hayes maintains an active career as a conductor, teacher, church musician, pianist, accompanist, and singer. Bryce is currently Associate Professor of Choral Music at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was honored by being named Distinguished Teacher for the College of Visual and Performing Arts for the 2018-2019 academic year. At JMU Dr. Hayes conducts The Treble Chamber Choir, The University Men’s Chorus, The University Chorus, and teaches graduate choral literature, undergraduate conducting, and courses in music education.

A New Jersey native, Dr. Hayes hails most recently from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Minnesota. Prior to his time in Minnesota, Bryce received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. His career began with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College. When not making music, Bryce enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, and cooking.

Bryce will be screening potential singers for the upcoming season on August 21 and 28 at Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, VA. Please click below to contact us at for more information if you are interested in participating.

2022-2023 Concert Season