Sing a Mighty Song with The NOVA Community Chorus

The NOVA Alexandria Music Department Presented, The NOVA Community Chorus performing their October 22, 2019 concert, “Sing a Mighty Song.”

Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Our first song for the evening was, “Sing a might Song,” performed by all four Choirs!  The NOVA Community Chorus was joined by Annandale, South County and Woodson High School Choirs.  We managed to fit everyone on stage and the sheer sound was as impressive as the numbers.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Chorus began their segment with Anton Bruckner’s  Lucus Iste, (Translation: This Place was made by God, a priceless Sacrament; it is without reproach) and Joseph Hadar’s, Erev Shell Shoshanim (Evening of Roses).

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Craig Hella Johnson’s The Water is Wide was beautifully accompanied by Soprano Susan Lewis Kavinski and cellist, Rachel Sexton.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

One of my favorite works of the night.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

This was followed by Sing My Child by Sarah Quartel.  Our Quartet included Sarah Calvino, Luna Para, Phillip Todd and Neo Upod.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Our next segment featured The Annandale Singers, conducted by Patrick Vaughn.  The Choir performed Michael John Trotta’s Shenandoah, Elain Hagenberg’s When We Love and Brian Tate’s Connected.

The Annandale Singers at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley.

Amy Moir Conducted The Woodson Vocal Ensemble in Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day and Anders Edenroth’s, Chili con Carne.

Amy Moir Conducting The Woodson Vocal Ensemble at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The South County Choirs were conducted by Antonio Rodriguez and accompanied by Esther Lee and Tammy Lydon.  Their performance begin with Goodnight, by Matthew Emery.

The South County Men’s Choir at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The South County Bella Voce: Performed Famine Song by Matthew Culton.  The soloists were Josie Springer and Laurie Evans.  This was followed by The South County Singers performing Michael Engelhardt’s  Wayfaring Stranger showcasing soloist Ian Pathak.  The final song was Hans Bridger Heruth’s “Joy” and featured soloists: Damaris Williams, Warisha Hussain and Madeline Schneider.

The South County Singers at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The final song of the evening was a beautiful work by Jacob Narverud, “Sisi Ni Moja (We Are One) featuring Steven Barnett on Percussion.

Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Please come to our next concerts:

Monday, Nov. 11: Jazz Ensemble Concert titled “NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club”  — The Carlyle Club; 7:30-9:30pm; Address: 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314; $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per person; For more info, visit https://www.thecarlyleclub.com/about-us.html

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Holiday Concert titled “Joy to the World” featuring the band, chorus, and jazz band — Schlesinger Concert Hall; 8-9:45pm; FREE admission and parking.

 

 

American Composers: NOVA Concert

Our music department wrapped up our semester with our 2019 spring concert! Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8-10pm.

It was a historic night for a couple of reasons.  First, It was the final performance with a amazing chorus director, Chad Steffey.  Chad has spend the past couple of years working with our chorus and helping build a new chapter in the chorus history with wonderfully fun Broadway reviews and bringing in fantastic guest singers.

The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The chorus gathered in the concert hall foyer to help send him off in style.  Hugs, gifts and a massive round of applause.

Chad Steffey and Anita Furgusson. The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Chorus began the night with The Music of Living by Dan Forrest, followed by  Selections from Old American Songs, Bring Me Little Water, Silvy, by Huddie Ledbetter, Cape Cod Girls, a traditional Sea Shanty and Ain’-a That Good News! by  William Dawson.

The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble picked up a jazzy set, with Maiden Voyage, by Herbie Hancock, Whisper Not by Benny Golson, Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane and Senor Mouse by Chick Corea.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Lisa Eckstein treated the audience by opening the band set with Mark Camphouse’s Air Mobility Command March.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Then the band provided a stunning performance of Nathan Pereda’s Starless Night.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Nathan’s piece offered a wonderful set of antiphonal trumpets that brought such beauty to the hall.  The piece was extraordinary!

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The band finished the evening  with Xerxes by John Mackey and African Symphony by Van McCoy.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone LOVED it all

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Another great season coming to the close, but we’ll be back in the fall with more music!

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Jazz for Justice 2019

The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, hosted this year’s JAZZ for JUSTICE event, featuring the NOVA Nighthawks with our very special guest Warren Wolf and TC Williams Jazz Ensemble!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with some music from one of NOVA’s Jazz student ensembles providing some wonderful sounds for the start of a great evening.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

We had some artists from the Torpedo Factory take part in the evening as well.  Pat Sargent (Studio 325), printed up some postcards for the evening that were beautifully done.

Pat Sargent creating post cards for The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
Pat Sargent creating post cards for The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Rosemary Feit-Covey spent the evening doing demos on her card making on the second floor, in (Studio 224)

Rosemary Feit-Covey (Studio 224) at The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
Lisa Schumaier was also there on the first floor in (Studio 16).

Patrons gathered and enjoyed an evening of music, art and silent auctions

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The MainStage music portion started off with an introduction of The T.C. Williams Jazz Ensemble by Brett Johnson from The Torpedo Factory.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

They had people dancing in no time.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

There were proud parents friend and family everywhere.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

And of course we had some of own NOVA support, come to check out the band!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

There was a great crowd with a lot to enjoy between catching up and checking out the art!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone looked like they had a great time enjoying conversation, the music the art and the reason for being there, JAZZ 4 JUSTICE!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The evening included a raffle some amazing  prizes!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The later half of the evening featured the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble featuring our very special guest, Warren Wolf! Warren is a world class performer and we were so lucky to have him.  He’s traveled the world and played or recorded with the best: “Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt and “Creation”, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David “Fathead” Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others.”

Warren Wolf performs with the NOVA Alexandria Jazz Ensemble at The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performed:

Flying Home by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, arr. Dave Barduhn

Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mercer, arr. Jerry Nowak “

Whisper Not by Benny Golson, arr.

Marty Paich “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock, arr. Mike Tomaro

Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Bill Holman“

Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane, arr. Mark Taylor

Señor Mouse by Chick Corea, arr. Mike Tomaro “

Bag’s Groove by Milt Jackson, arr. John Clayton

Is That You? by Bryan Kidd

Oye Como Vaby by Tito Puente arr B Minzter

No Scuffle Shuffle by Dominic Spera

Not your Momma’s Samba by Paul Baker

La Malanga by Eddie Palmieri arr A Caceda

Nice ‘n’ Easy by Lew Spence,  arr. S Nestico

Two Seconds to Midnight by  AlanBaylock

Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn arr. M Kamuf

Flow Chart – Paul Baker

The evening was a hit and all for a GREAT cause!  JAZZ4JUSTICE

The concert for this event benefits the charitable endeavors of the Alexandria Bar Foundation, Legal Services of Northern Virginia and the music scholarship fund at NOVA.

In 2001, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner attended a student recital at George Mason University. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF), he saw an opportunity for a new part- nership — the GMU School of Music would provide the musical

talent and the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. Thegoal would be to raise funds to support local Legal Aid, as well as the university’sjazz program. With the support of George Mason and FLF leadership, Jazz 4Jus-ticeTM was born.

Today, through partnerships with 7 universities and numerous local Bar Associa- tions, 48 Jazz4Justice concerts have been held across the Commonwealth: George Mason University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth Universi- ty, Christopher Newport University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Mary Washington. These concerts have raised over $450,000 for jazz programs and an array of educational and chari- table legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

Jazz4Justice has received awards from the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. J4J is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Visit us atwww.jazz4justice.com.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Alexandria Bar Foundation

The Foundation of the Alexandria Bar Association is an integral part of theBar’s structure. The Foundation works with local organizations to providescholarships to high school seniors and provides grants to local organiza-tions to help them serve the community more effectively. The Foundation’s “Beat the Odds” program has been singled out for awards for their contribu-tions to the City of Alexandria and its citizens.  The Alexandria Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

Vox Terra

An Evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts featuring  the Third Millennium Ensemble.  The evening brought together works from various composers  illustrate environmental experience for places, wildlife and societal impacts on the earth.   A beautiful partnership of music expressing our partnership with our planet.

A lovely and inspiring concert was begun by percussionist, Bill Richards  who performed  Suomineito for solo vibraphone by NJ Zivkovic.  The Finish title, ‘Suomineito’, is from the language of the ‘Suomi’ People and essentially means, Finish girl.  The work was inspired by a Finish folk song.

Bill Richards on Vibraphone for Vox Terra, an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

Terra Secundum, a piece our very own Jonthan Kolm, includes five movements  that cover the journey through an apocalyptic planet event.  The piece works through, Portal, Fossils, Blackout, Wasteland and Equilibrium.

Jonathan Kolm discussing his work Terra Secundum before it’s performance by the Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.
Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

Barbara Brown did a wonderful rendition of Givanni Sollima’s Lamentatio for solo cello.  What a lovely piece. The work is for cello and human voice.  It includes the vibration of the two as well as a bowing bounced percussion on the strings themselves.  It’s really a wonderful work.

Barbara Brown performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

Barbara, Hui-Chuan Chen and Sally McLain performed Very Angry Birds by Piotr Szewczyk.  A feverishly energetic work for Bass, Piano and Violin.

Sally McLain and Barbara Brown performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.
Sally McLain and Hui-Chuan Chen performing with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

Pamel Helton Performed Elegy for The Earth for Bass Clarinet and Sound.  It was an amazing work that used whale sounds with emulated whale sounds from the bass clarinet.  Just lovely.

Pamela Helton performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

The final piece of the evening was Music of Amber by Joseph Schwantner.  The work perfectly ended the evening with a journey that took us through the movements Wind, Willow and Whisper, ending with Sanctuary.

The Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

We are very lucky to the Third Millennium Ensemble come to our campus.  Please visit www.thridmillenniumensemble.org for more information on upcoming concerts.

 

 

 

Jazz Studies Student Recital 2019

Jazz/Composition Recital
Tuesday, April 237:30 – 9:30pm
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Jazz Studies Student Recital at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

 

The 2019 Children’s Concert!

On Thursday, March 7th we gathered in the concert hall at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center for a great evening of music and fun, all around.

The finale of the evening! The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Band began the evening with The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, followed by Children’s March “Over the Hills and Far Away” by percent Grainger.

The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Clarinet soloists, Brian Jones and Charles West joined the band for Il Convegno by Amilcare Ponchielli.  Hearing them together was a treat!  What incredible nuance!

Charles West and Brian Jones with NOVA Alexandria Community Band at The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Trombonist Harry Watters took the crowd with Cherokee by Ray Noble and Over the Rainbow, by Harold Arlen  and Yip Harburg. What a phenomenal stage presence!

The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The last piece from The Band for their first performance section,  offered up a beautiful World Premiere by composer Robert Thurston, titled “Civil Discourse” which featured Dennis Edelbrock on Trumpet.  The piece’s complexities and journey was stunningly written and we were lucky to have Robert Thurston in the audience to hear it performed.

The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band rocked the house with Michael Sweeney’s “Blue Machine” and the Sesame Street Theme by Joe Raposo. Director, Heather Rosner, has everyone at a superb level of musicianship.

The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band, under the direction of Heather Rosner. The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The annual Recognition for Student Winners from Alexandria City public Schools in the Visual and Performing Arts Categories of the National PTA Reflections Program was another heart-felt moment.  Each student winner had the opportunity to tell the audience about their award.

Student Winners. The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The George Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Richard Seracino,  performedDouble Play by Carl Strommen, Buckjump by Troy Andrews and Mdke Ballard, and Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder.

The George Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble. The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The final number of the night brought school children from area elementary and middle schools together with the NOVA Alexandria Band.

Denny Edelbrock with the kids and NOVA Alexandria Band. The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

They all played Havana and Fanfare and Fireworks!!! What a great experience it was for everyone!!!

The 2019 Children’s Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Please join us at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria for a great benefit concert with the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble!

Also, PLEASE COME TO THE LAST CONCERT OF THE SEASON!  

May 3rd, 8:00-9:30PM at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center!

We will have a combined concert featuring ALL of our ensembles!  The Community Choir, The NOVA Alexandria Community Band and the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Band!

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information contact Lisa Eckstein at Leckstein@nvcc.edu

Faculty Classical Recital

This spring’s Faculty Recital was wonderful!  On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 we all gathered at 2:00pm in the Music Department Recital Hall and were taught by our very own masters.  The recital began with Trombonist Harry Watters and Guitartist Kenneth Hall performing All The Things You Are  by Jerome Kern.

Harry Watters and Kenneth Hall performing at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Pianist Christine Hagan followed with the lovely piece of Fantasia by Giles Farnaby.

Chris Hagan at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur joined her for Romance by William Grant-Still.  A wonderful rendition!

Chris Hagan and John Kocur at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Violin teacher, Rami Kanaan and accompanist Bettye Cooley performed Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet and Czardas by Vittorio Monti.

Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Jonathan Caudill, on of our very talented voice teachers performed Liszt’s Die Lorelei, and Monti’s  ‘A Vucchella.

Jonathan Caudill at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Our piano teacher Ja-Hye Koo played the ever amazing Ondine by Maurice Ravel.

Ja-Hye Koo at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

The recital ended with Jonathan Kolm joining Ja-Hye to perform Jonathans three movement composition “Four Hand Suite

Ja-Hye Koo and Jonathan Kolm at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Jonathan was kind enough to put this together and we owe him our gratitude!  Jonathan is also having a world premier of his piece Arboreal Dreams by The United States Air Force Band Woodwind Quintet, this Saturday in room 118 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus, Center for Design Media and the Arts at 7:00PM  Parking is FREE!!!!  Flyer is at the bottom of this page : )

Jonathan Kolm at the Faculty Recital. Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Photo by Britt Conley

Hope to see you Saturday!!!

The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights!

The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Chorus had an exciting time putting on a great evening of Broadway Tunes.  It all began with “There’s No Business Like Show Business!”  Seriously… It’s true.  Our host?,  Director of the NOVA Community Chorus, Chad Steffey.

The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening featured some incredible works, mainly showing off some of our individual Chorus members.  This was their night.  These volunteer  soloists picked their own songs and sang their hearts out!  David Shilton sings C’est Moi from Camelot.

David Shilton. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

They took turns for a well over an hours worth of Broadway Tunes!  Mary Shilton sang What I did for Love, from A Chorus Line.

Mary Shilton. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Bernie Cohen’s “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof, was wonderful.

Bernie Cohen. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Guest Artist, Soloist, Emi Eiting, sang multiple songs, including What More Do I need? from Saturday Night, Times Are Hard For Dreamers, Vanilla Ice Cream, from She Loves Me and Meadowlark from The Baker’s Wife!   Emi is a freelance performer, choral conductor, pianist, director choral adjudicator and vocal coach working in Northern Virginia.  Her voice just fills the hall beautifully.

Emi Eiting. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

There were so many phenomenal Tunes!  The Ensemble Women sang, “And All That Jazz” from Chicago, followed by the Ensemble Men adding “Gee, Officer Krupke from West Side Story.

The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

With a trip down memory lane we embarked on a great 60’s feel, What a Piece of Work is Man/How Dare They Try from Hair.  The work featured Margot Hanclich, followed by Alison Sheahan singing On a Clear Day.

Margo Hanclich and Alison Sheahan. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
Alison Sheahan. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Tom Munger and Bernie Cohen had us, “Brush Up on Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me Kate!

Tom Munger and Bernie Cohen. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Dylan Nohilly, asked, “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks.

Dylan Nohilly. The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

After a lovely round of soloists, the Chorus came in with a stunning rendition of Singing in the Rain! You can hear a part of it on Instagram!  instagram.com/musicatnova  Follow us and if you take pictures of our concerts feel free to hashtag #musicatnova, so that we can all enjoy them : )

The NOVA Community Chorus Presents Broadway Lights at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on February 19th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

This was followed by a beautiful and soulful, Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music. The final piece of the evening was Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Misérables!

If you want to catch the Chorus soon, we are having our Spring Concert, here at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 3rd at 8:00pm!  Please bring family and friends to help support all the efforts of our students and community with this, our Combined, Chorus, Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert.

For more information contact Lisa Eckstein at Leckstein@nvcc.edu

See you Soon!

 

2018 Holiday Concert

The evening NOVA Holiday Concert began with Chad Steffey directing the NOVA Community Choir in Magnificat in C Major, D. 486 by Franz Schubert.  Soprano – Shelby Young, Altos – Halina Banas-Jones & Jackie Cohen, Tenor – Dave Shepherd and Bass singer Dylan Nohilly performed beautifully.

The NOVA Community Chorus. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

This was followed by, “In the Bleak of Winter” by Harold Darke, featuring Tenor Marcos Sonnenber-Nieves and Soprano, Barbara Shepherd.

The NOVA Community Chorus. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

It was so wonderful to hear a variety of holiday works.  “Ocho Kandelikas” Landino Song for Channukah, by Flory Jagoda was lovely and the final choral work was simple and beautiful, “A Merry Christmas” West Country traditional Song, arranged by Arthur Warrell.

The NOVA Community Chorus. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The Jazz Ensemble was on it!  Their holiday program included, “Mary Did you Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green.

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

They did a great rendition of Gordin Goodwind’s jazz arrangement for Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing/

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

Jay Livingston and Ray Evans’ Silver Bells was a huge hit.

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

Of course the biggest surprise was a jazzy Joy to the World. We were all so excited during the applause, I accidentally got of this fun image : )

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The NOVA Alexandria Band was at the ready, for the next section. We began with A Chanukah Celebration, arranged by David Bobrowitz.

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

I love it when the band don a great cap!

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

Minor Alterations: Christmas Through the Looking Glass by David Lovrien, followed, just before Greensleeves.

The students have been working hard all semester and this was a perfect night to shine!  They all did an amazing job!

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The Christmas March was really fun!

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

For the finale, Lisa turned to the audience to conduct the Singalong, Christmas Finale!  The lyrics were on the back of the program : )

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The audience really enjoyed it!

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.
The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

We were luckily joined by our NOVA leadership!  President Ralls, our Alexandria Provost, Annette Haggray and The Dean of the Arts, David Epstein were all in attendance.

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.
The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The concert was huge hit and the round of applause was rewarding for all.

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

The students work so hard in all our Music Programs, between the Band, Choir and Jazz Band and this is their big opportunity to perform for family and friends.  We really appreciate your support.

The NOVA Community Band. A Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band. Photo by Britt Conley.

Please Join us for our next, wonderful evening Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center!  The Band will be putting on the Annual Children’s Concert!  Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 7:30 pm.  The Concert will feature special guest soloists: Trumpeter Dennis Edelbrock, Trombonist Harry Watters, and clarinetists Brian Jones and Charles West! We will also provide the world premier of a piece by composer Robert Thurston!  Joining us will be The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band, The George Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble, The Alexandria City Public Schools Student Finalists in the National PTA Reflections Program and the band will be joined by area School Band and Orchestra Students!!!  It’s going to be quite the night!!!!

For more information, please contact Lisa Eckstein leckstein@nvcc.edu

NOVA Night at the Carlyle Club!

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

NOVA Alexandria Jazz Ensembles performed at the Carlyle Club on Monday night!  The evening began with “The Generation Gap” One of the great Jazz combos in the Jazz Studies Program, featuring:

John Butler, alto saxophone and flute; Christopher Kaplan, guitar; Burvin Jenkins, guitar (group leader); Jacqueline Rodriguez, piano; Cristhian Arango, bass and Fernando Galleas, drums.

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley
NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

Our second Ensemble, The Jazz Standards, features:  Michael Barr, alto saxophone; Marie Himel, tenor saxophone and flute; Andrew Grabowski, guitar; Bryan Dicks, guitar; Rodney Avery, piano; Marcus Levitan, bass; Kurt Steinbacher, drums; Steven Melnick, voice

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlye Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

he Director of our Jazz Studies program, John Kocur, set the story for the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble’s evening theme “The Sounds of Hollywood.”

John Kocur, director of Jazz studies at NOVA Alexandria directed the evening of NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

The program included:

Zip-Ah-Dee-Doo-Dah

Flirtibird

Call Me Irresponsible

Soul Bossa Nova

I Wanna Be Like You

Everyday I Have The Blues

You’re Welcome

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

The Jazz Band did a wonderful job.  The music was fun, energized and soulful!  Especially Soul Bossa Nova!

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) features:

Saxophones: Kevin Bennett, John Butler, Caryl Greenfield,  Marie Himel and Susan Shapiro

Trumpet: Larry Craven, Ludwig Goon, Grason Stewart, Jacob Shapiro and Ronald Umbeck

Trombone: Thomas Fonda, Adam Kissel and  Jason Smith

Rhythm Section: Roger Wood, guitar; Andrew Grabowski, guitar; Brian Kang, guitar; Rodney M Avery, piano;  Owen Squire, piano;  John Kang, bass; Luke Neyland, drums and Joseph Dirsa, drums.

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley
NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

Aside from having such a great ambiance, at the Carlye Club, we also enjoyed the amazing menu.  A night of dinner and jazz is always fun.  Some got up and danced the night away!

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt ConleyWe’d like to thank The Carlyle Club for this phenomenal opportunity for our students to perform in an amazing venue.

NOVA Alexandria Jazz students performing Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley

To see the NOVA Jazz Ensembles again, they will be marching in the the Alexandria, Saint Patricks Day Parade on March 2nd!  If you can them there, post a photo on Instagram!  #Musicatnova

The Jazz Ensembles will be performing at The Torpedo Factory on April 30th from 6:30-10:00pm for JAZZ for JUSTICE.

They will also be at The NOVA, Spring Concert on May 3rd in the Schlesinger Arts Center at 8pm!

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