Winter Songs


Statistics tell us that at least 1 in 3 women will be victims of relationship violence in their lifetimes. Charlottesville's local vocal music teachers partner with The Shelter for Help in Emergency to sponsor the WinterSongs concert on the final Saturday of February. The participants are young female vocalists from our area schools. The day is filled with sharing, musical collaboration, mutual support, and empowerment. The vocalists attend classes to offer strategies and to raise situational awareness on a variety of topics related to relationship violence. The day culminates in a public concert where donations to the Shelter are collected at the door in lieu of admission. To date, our evening benefit concerts have resulted in more than $25000 in donations to our local domestic violence shelter, the Shelter for Help in Emergency.


In the autumn of 2014 the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham shook Charlottesville. Our students, particularly our female students, were asking questions about the nature of safety and their feelings of dread, terror, and helplessness. Our local choral directors brought our women's choirs together for a day of sharing, collaboration, education, and profoundly powerful emotional support. To date, our evening benefit concerts have resulted in more than $20000 in donations to our local domestic violence shelter, the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

This Year

8:30 AM - 12 Noon

Webinar due to COVID cautions

Email your music director for the Zoom link
Charlottesville, VA 22902

8:15 AMZoom lobby opens
8:30 AMMarin Alsop, director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, speaks about being a woman at the highest levels of virtuoso musical performance. Not to be missed! ♫
9:30 - 10:15 AMJulie Reyburn, Award Winning New York City professional vocalist, talks about the realities of making a living as an artist
10:30 - 11:15Breakout Sessions: (choose 1) - Side by Side Richmond: LGBTQ+ Identity / Nicole Roach: Midwifery / Pulitzer Prize winning vocal composer Caroline Shaw
11:30 - 12:15Breakout Sessions: (choose 1) - Side by Side Richmond: Toxic Masculinity / Ceri Riley - Science education on YouTube (via Complexly) / Anne Marie Pace - Author, "Vamparina Ballerina" (tentative)
5:00 PMThe WinterSongs Virtual Benefit Concert debuts live on YouTube! Featuring Albemarle High School, Burley Middle School, Charlottesville High School, Henley Middle School, Orange County High School, the University of Virginia, and Western Albemarle High School!
5:00 PM

The 2021 Virtual Concert! The premiere is Saturday, March 27, at 5:00 PM Eastern time

Sister Concerts

WinterSongs Sister Concerts empower women and fight relationship violence in cities all over the world. It's easy to get started and we are always happy to work with other directors and educators who are interested in sponsoring an event based on the WinterSongs program. The information is free and profoundly supports your vocalists! Please use the contact form below and we'll be in touch!


The grim reality is that domestic and relationship violence is in every community. We encourage and support other municipalities to follow this format and are happy and enthusiastic to help you get your student support and concert programs up and running! Furthermore, we'd love to include your media on the website. Please don't hesitate to reach out; this is too important to let alone. We'll help you with planning, implementation, and getting in touch with your local support institutions that combat relationship violence in your community!

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