The Chorale was formed in 2007 as a result of very successful Mozart Requiem and Handel’s Messiah performances the previous year. It was founded and originally directed by William Gorton, then Director of Music at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland, Virginia. The Chorale is excited to bring great music to the Central Virginia region.

Currently the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale is under new artistic director Ryan Tibbetts and remains a fresh and visionary group  of between 30 and 40 singers from the Central Virginia area. The Chorale begins its ninth year this fall (2015), and looks forward to adding new members every season.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Please consider how you might support this effort with your participation as a singer or benefactor.

Our Mission

To create outstanding performances of choral music through community participation, education and inspiration. We seek to foster greater appreciation of the choral art and to enrich the communities of Central Virginia.Our repertoire is comprised of larger choral works with orchestra, such as Vivaldi's Gloria, Masses of Mozart and Haydn, and other works of merit, including new works and anthems from choral traditions old and new.


The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale has participated Richmond's Cultureworks Arts and Culture XPO.  The XPO is a free, family-friendly event featuring a wide variety of Central Virginia nonprofit organizations exhibiting their music, dance, art, and theater.

Ashland's Annual Train Day Celebration

On the first Saturday in November, the Chorale hosts a booth at Ashland's Train Day celebration. This free event has kiddie train rides, antique vehicles, railroad storytellers, and a farmer's market. Our booth sponsors Ashland's Train Tune Sing-Along.

Other Events

From time to time, the Chorale has also participated in Ashland's July 4th celebration, the Ashland Strawberry Faire, and the Ashland Variety Show. We helped the Hanover Concert Band celebrate their 25 year anniversary.