Masterworks names Scott Smith interim director

The Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley has announced the selection of Scott Zane Smith as interim artistic director. A native of Rockingham County, he is professor of voice at James Madison University and has an extensive background in choral and sacred music as well as mixed voice and women’s ensembles.

Career highlights include current James Madison University professor, past professor at Shenandoah Conservatory and Mary Baldwin College, past Rockingham County schools system choir director,over 30 years experience as Minister of Music with Valley churches, current D.M.A. Music Education candidate at Shenandoah University and current professional affiliations in American Choral Directors’ Association, Virginia Music Educators’ Association and Virginia Choral Directors’ Association.

He comes to Masterworks Chorus following the successful and creative six-year leadership of Dr. Betty Karol Wilson. As a member of the audience during a performance of last year’s Christmas concert, he has heard the blend of voices and styles of music which make MWC a unique gem in the Shenandoah Valley.

Rehearsals for the upcoming concert season begin Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 127 E. High St., Woodstock, VA. Returning chorus members and others interested in singing with the Masterworks Chorus should plan to attend that day. For more information, call Mark Seymour at 540-244-5293.