Joyce Johnson Rouse


VAB Newsletter


Greetings Virginians!
In the last few weeks, a number of folks have asked me: "What is happening with Virginia Beauty?" I'm pleased to say that "Virginia Beauty, A Love Song for the Commonwealth" is being sung and played all over the state.
Recent Performances:

  • Virginia Beauty was sung during the summer reading programs at libraries around the state.
  • The Boyd School, with three Montessori campuses in northern Virginia, featured Virginia Beauty in their spring school concerts.
  • Virginia Beauty was front and center in the Leesburg area 2013 Earth Day @ Loudoun celebration, where members of the "Clarinuts" and a barbershop choir chimed right in.
  • A Virginia Beauty singalong happened at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA, on Grayson County Artisan Day.

Wythe All-County Chorus students will be singing Virginia Beauty in a January 17th, 2014 concert, under the direction of Carolyn Davis.
Enjoy these YouTube Performances of Virginia Beauty:

Help us take Action:

Do you know a music teacher who would like to hear Virgina Beauty? Please have them contact us.  We have sheet music available and can modify the music to meet your students voices.

Make a Call to your favorite radio station and ask them to play any of the available versions from the Virginia Beauty CD.

Some local radio stations can be reached at:

WBRF (Galax) - 276-238-0981
WWWJ AM (Galax) -  276-236-2921
WXBX (Wytheville) - 276-228-3185
WYVE AM  (Wytheville) - 276-228-3185
CDs have been provided to many of the Virginia radio stations that play the VAB music format. Any radio station can obtain a copy of Virginia Beauty by calling us @ 276-773-8529 or email

Bonus!!! Please let us know when you hear any version of Virginia Beauty played on the radio station you've contacted and we'll send you VAB stickers and a treat!

Now is the time to promote Virginia Beauty: A Love Song for the Commonwealth, as the state song of Virginia. Please contact your state senator or representative and ask them to listen to Virginia Beauty.

Like the Virginia Beauty Facebook Page and keep up-to-date with Virginia Beauty on its road to becoming Virginia's state song.

Endorsement for Virginia Beauty as the state song: By resolution the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has endorsed Virginia Beauty as the ideal state song.

Please share this newsletter with others who would like to see Virginia Beauty become the state song of Virginia.

Thank you for your efforts and additional promotion ideas!

Joyce Rouse

Notable Past Performances of Virginia Beauty:
Highland Camerata
Virginia Arts Commission (Eyes Wide Open statewide celebration)
Galax Rotary
Virginia Library Association meetings
Poor Man's Dinner (Galax Fiddlers' Convention)
Independence Lion's Club
Retired Teacher's Association
July 4th, Independence Day Parade
Grayson county High School Honor Choir