The 2017 Taste of Rappahannock will again be held on Saturday, September 9th at the Barn at the Inn at Mount Vernon in Sperryville. If you are interested in purchasing a table at the event, getting on our invitation mailing list, volunteering to help at the event, or participating in another way, please complete an event form.


Headwaters, through a generous grant from the Claudia Mitchell Fund at RAAC, will be hosting a Summer Chorus, to be held at Rappahannock County Elementary School, Monday through Thursday afternoons from June 19th to June 29th. The Chorus will meet from 12:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fee for the two-week chorus is $50 per student, with plenty of scholarship assistance being offered so that all interested youth may participate.

We are excited about the guest musicians who will be joining us for what we hope will become a summer tradition here in Rappahannock County. Here are two of the talented people who will be joining us for two weeks of music and fun:

Kelsey Rose is an emerging conductor and educator originally from Springfield, VA who is now based in Princeton, NJ. She is a 2017 candidate for both the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with an emphasis in Sacred Music and the Master of Arts degree in Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds baccalaureate degrees with honors in both Music Education and Music Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College. She has performed with the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir and has served as a Choral Scholar, Section Leader, Accompanist and Cantor at several churches in the Princeton area. She has directed the boychoir at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. She has worked with the music programs at several schools in the Princeton area and served on the staff of the American Boychoir School.

Kelsey has received notice for her work as a composer. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally. Her works have included choral arrangements of popular music as a way of making choral music more enjoyable and engaging for the young singer.

She holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota: a national female music fraternity.


Keith Hudspeth is a general and choral music educator at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where he currently teaches lower and middle school general music and directs the lower and middle school choruses. In 2007, he completed his Orff Schulwerk Certification at George Mason University and then worked with Steven Calantropio the following summer in a Level IV Master Class. Keith is a vocal specialist, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Voice and K-12 Teacher Certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Rice University. Additionally, he was a member of various American operatic young artist programs and sang professionally for regional companies before turning his focus toward music education. In 2009, Keith taught one of the supplemental courses at George Mason with a focus on choral programming and performing and presented a middle school reading session at the 2016 ACDA Voices United.


Wendy Anderson Aichele grew up in Pittsburgh’s North Hills and graduated in 1971 from Winchester-Thurston School (Pittsburgh, PA). Among the first undergraduate women to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, she majored in music and graduated with honors in 1974. While in graduate school at UVa, she served as the organist at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Owensville, VA as well as the upper school glee club director and the lower and middle school music teacher at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville. She completed her Master’s degree in music theory at the University in 1977.

Aichele has served numerous churches and musical organizations as pianist, organist, accompanist, and choir director. Since June, 2013 she has served as Minister of Music at Washington Baptist Church in Washington, VA.


More information about the Summer Chorus will follow…please check back to this section often.

If you would like to register to participate, please complete a brief information form here. We will contact you and provide you with further information.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Summer Chorus!