The Choirs at Virginia Wesleyan College are made up of the Wesleyan Chorale and the open-enrollement Wesleyan Singers. Both ensembles sing music that represents the variety of musical styles and cultures in our community - traditional music from around the world, contemporary music, and music grounded in the classical choral tradition. The Wesleyan Singers has an interdisciplinary focus that encourages development of the vocal instrument while embracing all aspects of the choral art. The Wesleyan Singers have performed throughout Virginia, Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall.
The Wesleyan Chorale is a 16-20 voice auditioned ensemble made up of students from a variety of majors and all three schools and the Batten Honor's College. The Chorale has performed for multiple events and ceremonies on campus and has also held concerts across the Eastern Seabord in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia. They have also performed in Hungar's Episcopal Church in Machiponga, Virginia and Bruton Parish in Colonial Williamsburg. The chorale has also worked with a variety of High School and community choirs around the state.
Bryson Mortensen is Director of Choral Music at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he is conductor of the Virginia Wesleyan Singers and Virginia Wesleyan Chorale. Previously Bryson was Artistic Director of the Festival Choir of Madison where he premiered more than fifteen works by living composers in four years, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County where he brought the UW-Rock County Jazz Singers to perform at the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association convention. He has also conducted choirs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Brigham Young University, co-founded The Heritage Singers in Champaign, Illinois, and conducted QuoQue in Provo, Utah. Bryson is also an active clinician and conductor for High Schools and Festivals around the country.