Winchester Musica Viva is an independent chamber choir in its 41st season of presenting the finest choral literature from all musical periods and styles to audiences throughout Virginia and neighboring states. The choir is comprised of professional level volunteer singers from many different vocations and backgrounds who share a love of choral music and a commitment to excellence in performance. The chorus was founded in 1981 by Dr. William Averitt, an eminent composer on the faculty of Shenandoah University. Dr. Kenneth Nafziger served as music director from 1992-2002. Donald Paul Richardson of Washington, DC, conducted the chorus from 2002-2005. Dr. Nafziger returned as music director in 2006 and continues to serve today. WMV enjoys a widespread reputation for fine choral music, with three successful international tours and performances by invitation at events sponsored by such organizations as the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, the American Choral Directors’ Association, and the Contemporary Music Festival to its credit.
The ensemble is supported in part by the Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts.