Virginia Kerwin is the Executive Director of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Drawing from her experience as a teacher, she helped MSVMA create a foundation for its adjudication process that has at its core, an educational philosophy. This approach has garnered respect throughout the country and served as a model for developing programs. Virginia contributed significantly to the growth and development of the Michigan Music Conference and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival including serving as Board chair for these premier learning activities. A frequently sought consultant in the areas of vocal music and fine arts education, she participated in the development of the fine arts graduation requirements for the Michigan Department of Education. In 2006, the Michigan Music Education Association honored Virginia with its Outstanding Administrator Award which is presented to individuals who have demonstrated active, on-going support for balanced music programs.
Prior to joining MSMVA in 1999, Virginia taught vocal music at Big Rapids Public Schools. Her students and choirs consistently earned Division 1 ratings at festivals and were invited to perform at state, regional and national conferences. She was honored as the MSVMA Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has continued her involvement and teaching which has included recently serving as guest vocal music director for the Big Rapids Fine Arts Department’s performance of A Secret Garden. An engaging and enthusiastic educator and clinician, Virginia has conducted three honors choirs for MSVMA as well as serving on the music faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Camp at Interlochen and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and as an adjunct faculty member at Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Virginia’s professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Educators and the national Federation of State High School Associations. She holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Delaware and Calvin College.
Virginia is the founding director of Voca Lyrica, a women’s choir based in Big Rapids that is known for its collaborative approach to programming. Voca Lyrica has performed in iconic venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Cathedral and Sydney Opera House as well as in Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Slovakia and Hungary. Additionally, Virginia has participated in international music experiences including a choral and cultural exchange in Cuba in 2016, the World Choir Games in Riga Latvia in 2014 and a People to People music educator delegation to South Africa in 2010.
Virginia enjoys traveling, reading, playing bridge, and spending time with her husband Bill, her 4 children and 11 grandchildren.