Commencement 2019

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Male students from all over the community gathered on campus Oct. 18 for the inaugural Young Men's Festival of Song, held as part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series. Ninety students, ranging from grades eight to 12, came together from nine area schools to participate in the intensive workshop, which took place under the direction of VWC Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Michael Trotta. Additional VWC faculty and staff mentors lent their talents for the day, including George Stone (piano), Billye Brown Youmans (soprano), Dustin Scott (tenor) and Travis Malone (baritone). “I am astounded by the passion and dedication of these young men and their teachers,” says Trotta. “It was a day of singing, learning, and music making that featured real-world solutions for challenges that young men face.” Trotta hopes the festival will become an annual event for the College. More