The Delaware Academy of Vocal Arts creates and expands creative workforce development opportunities for individuals from historically marginalized communities to develop as professional Vocal Artists who speak to our time's relevant issues through music, storytelling, and spoken word, strengthening our democracy.
DAVA’s flagship, all-professional performing ensemble, Elevation Chamber Ensemble, is Delaware’s only professional vocal ensemble. Elevation performances fuse traditional, classical choral music with jazz, hip-hop, R&B, storytelling, and spoken word. Unique to our model and our repertoire, we consider the vocal arts to be more than just singing and are inclusive of the many ways the human voice is used in creative and artistic expressions.
Elevation self-produces performances throughout Delaware annually. Performances are produced in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County. In addition to these self-produced concerts, Elevation Chamber Ensemble is presented by colleges and universities, arts and culture venues, and houses of worship.
More than just performers, Elevation’s Vocal Artists mentor our Vocal Arts Apprentices and support Delaware arts educator professional development and school-based residencies.
At the Delaware Academy of Vocal Arts (DAVA), we believe that everyone can contribute to our mission of transforming lives through the power of vocal arts. Your support enables us to create and expand creative workforce development opportunities, inspire communities, and strengthen our democracy through the power of vocal arts.
Bent, But Not Broken is a four-day conference amplifying the musical contributions of Black musicians and composers across time and across genres. Pairing performances from esteemed choral groups with discussions and workshops by the nation's most knowledgeable scholars of music and history, Bent, But Not Broken serves as a community summit to make visible—and audible!—the works of Black composers.
Our Summer Institute is a groundbreaking, residency-based, five-week summer program designed for aspiring Vocal Arts Apprentices (VAAs) aged 16-25. Our Summer Institute unites distinguished vocal artists, artist managers, and arts administrators to serve as faculty and mentors for our VAAs, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in the vocal arts. Vocal Arts Apprentices will also develop a professional development plan tailored to their individual goals and aspirations.
At the Delaware Academy of Vocal Arts (DAVA), we are dedicated to empowering students and educators through high-quality arts education experiences. Our comprehensive education and outreach programs provide valuable resources and support for students, teachers, and schools across Delaware.