Category Archives: Chorus

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

Sacred and Profane Concert

Last night’s concert, Sacred and Profane brought together four choral ensembles.  The NOVA Community Chorus, The George Mason University Chorale, The George Mason University Singers and the The Justice High School Chamber Choir!  It was a phenomenal night, full of beauty and a powerhouse of sound for the second half!

The evening began with Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, arranged by Alice Parker (b. 1925), And I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Bainton (1880-1956) and a wonderful rendition of I Sing Because I’m Happy, arranged by Rollo Eilwork (b.1970).

The NOVA Community Chorus and The Justice High School Chamber Choir performing their fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Master of Ceremonies for the night, Chad Steffey, Director of the NOVA Community Chorus, wonderfully informed the audience about the evening’s works.

Chad Steffey with The NOVA Community Chorus and The Justice High School Chamber Choir performing their fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
Sacred and Profane fall choral concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The kids did a incredible job and sounded lovely!

The NOVA Community Chorus and The Justice High School Chamber Choir performing their fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus and The Justice High School Chamber Choir performing their fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Dr. Stan Engebretson conducted the George Mason University Singers in, O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht by J. S. Bach.

Dr. Stan Engebretson conducted the George Mason University Singers in, O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht by J. S. Bach. performing their fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

They went through selection from Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 by Brahms and a lovely work showcasing, soprano soloist, Ashlyn Rock.

Bryan Stenson, associate Conductor led The George Mason University Singers in Only in Sleep by Erik Esenvalds. Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The audience enjoying the George Mason University Singers at our fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Tenors, Lugman Fulmer and Ross Helunds soloed Ride in the Chariot, a spiritual, arranged by Brandon Waddles.

Tenors, Lugman Fulmer and Ross Helunds soloed Ride in the Chariot, a spiritual, arranged by Brandon Waddles Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
A student enjoying video taping the concert to help him get ready for his concert report due later in the semester. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Their performance finished with Saints Bound for Heaven, a southern harmony from 1835.

The audience our fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The George Mason University Chorale  followed with four wonderful works: The Last Works of David by Randall Thompson (1899-1984), Flight Song, by Kim Andrew Anrnesan (1980) Ukuthula, a South African Folk Song and River in Judea by John Leavitt (1956).

They were conducted by Lisa Billingham and Dannty Cabrejos, assistant conductor with Jane Moore Kaye as the collaborative pianist.

The George Mason University Chorale performing at our fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Ukuthula naturally brought out a swinging of individuals in the audience.  You just wanted to dance with them!

The George Mason University Singers at our fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The George Mason University Singers at our fall concert Sacred and Profane at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The second half of the concert combined all four choirs:Dr. Stan Engebreston conducted, Jane Moore Kaye and Luke Ratcliffe accompanied with collaborative pianists Michael Barranco and Andrew Lewis with Colton Morris and victor Younge on Percussion.

They brilliantly performed selection from Carmina Burana!

The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Soprano, Bridget Nesfield and baritone Vasili Varfis sing Tempus est iocundum, a selection from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

A resounding, standing ovation capped the an evening powerhouse of sound! What a phenomenal night!!!!

The NOVA Community Chorus and Justice High School Chamber Choir, The George Mason University Singers and The George Mason University Chorale, combined Choirs at the Sacred and Profane concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. October 16, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Please come for our next concert!  It’s next week!!!

Thursday, Oct. 25, the George Mason University Wind Symphony under the direction of Mark Camphouse and the NOVA Alexandria Band under my direction will present a FREE concert!

Come and hear favorites by Camille Saint-Saens, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore, David Gillingham, Edward Gregson, Charles Carter, Rossano Galante, and new pieces by young composers Justin David Casinghino, Matthew Bandman, and Nathan Pereda.  This concert will also feature Air Force Band member, Kate Fitzpatrick, as French Horn soloist!

We hope to see you there!

Blog post by Britt Conley

 

NOVA Community Chorus at The National Cathedral!

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

On Friday, May 11th, Music at messiah presented “Evening Prayer” Music of Praise and Petition by Messiah Community Chorus and Friends, St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir and the NOVA Community Chorus.

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Both Jessica Irish and Chad Steffey conducted the evening.

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The wonderful mission of the Music at Messiah Concert Series brings community members into the Cathedral and allows donations to help the local community.

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening’s performance donations benefited The Weekend Backpack Program which helps food-insecure children in Springfield, VA,

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Our own John Kocur, who heads our Jazz Studies program mesmerized everyone with his solos on Evening Prayer”

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

It’s not often anyone gets a chance to play such an beautiful room and one that holds such ambiance and meaning.  Everyone had a lovely time.

The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus performs with the Messiah Community Chorus and the St. Peter’s in the Woods Choir for the concert, “Evening Prayer”, at the National Cathedral on Friday, May 11th, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

To everyone who came to the concert, THANK YOU!  We so appreciate your support.  Please keep an eye on the blog and on our Facebook Page for up to date concert announcements and news! www.Facebook.com/MusicAtNova

Blog post by Britt Conley: Music Department Assistant

 

A Musical Odyssey: Spring Concert

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello.
A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Our NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble rocked the house with Afro Blue, Tico Tico and Manteca.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

They knocked our socks off!!!!!!!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Jazz Director, John Kocur,  has been working with the ensemble all semester and boy did they shine!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Chorus followed with Ride on, King Jesus. Choral Director Chad Steffey and our accompanist Anita Ferguson have supported the Choir all year.  The Chorus was lovely; every piece.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Ralph Vaughan Williams, O’ Clap Your Hands was conducted by Lisa Eckstein.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur accompanied the Chorus’ Evening Prayer  on his soprano Saxophone.  It was truly a stunningly beautiful piece.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley
A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Alexandria Band did four works:

Puszta: Four Gipsy Dances, Danzon No. 2, Viva Italia! and Berstein’s Mambo.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the best moments of the night were the student awards.  The Billy Award, named after Bill Bovender was awarded to Judy Bendig.  The Betty Award was awarded to Elizabeth Todd.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

But that wasn’t the only great moment.  We also had Anthony Maiello, The Artistic Director and Conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Artistic Director of the School of Music at George Mason.

His Accordion performance on Viva Italia was a show stopper!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

We were incredibly lucky to have him.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

A phenomenal concert!  We look forward to seeing you all next Fall, for our 2018/19 season!  Until then, our students have recitals, juries and exams to contend with, and thanks to those who donated at our concerts this year, they have incredible opportunities ahead!

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Blog Post by Brit Conley: Assistant to the Music Department.

The NOVA Community Chorus hosts, Broadway Celebrations!

Live From the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall…. it’s… Broadway Celebrations!!!

After a weather postponement, the NOVA Community Chorus hit the ground running on March 27th at 8:00 with a great program!

The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening begin with Cole Porter’s “Another Op’nin,  Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate and  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair.

Chad Steffey conducts the NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

We had a great set of current and former students helping out with accompaniment! Marcelo Carrion’s guitar performance was wonderful!

Marcelo Carrion playing guitar. Photo by Britt Conley

Jonathan Padgett and Zach Williams did a phenomenal job!   So great to see them in action.

Jonathan Padgett and Zach Williams.  Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone really enjoyed, Ellie Briscoe and David Shilton wonderfully acted and sung, “I Wonder Why” from Call Me Madam,”

Ellie Briscoe and David Shilton. Photo by Britt Conley

Judy Robb and Tim Rinaman perform a hysterically fun rendition of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music. They switched it for 56, going on 57. The crowd loved it!

Tim Rinaman and Judy Robb. Photo by Britt Conley

Maria Cussianovich solo work for “Someone to Watch Over Me” from Crazy for You, was delightful.

Maria Cussianovich. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

After a wonderful performance of “Jet Set” from Catch Me If You Can,  Emi Eiting stunned everyone with a the wonderful, “Stars and the Moon” from Songs for a New World.  What a beautiful voice.

Emi Eiting. Photo by Britt Conley

The chorus performed “Lida Rose” / “Will I Ever Tell You?” from The Music Man.

The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

Bernie Cohen and Tom Munger belt out the famed “Guys and Dolls” from Guys and Dolls

Bernie Cohen and Tom Munger belt out the famed “Guys and Dolls” from Guys and Dolls. Photo by Britt Conley

Randie Goode, Dylan Hohilly and Marvin Felton singing, “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls.

Randie Goode, Dylan Hohilly and Marvin Felton.  Photo by Britt Conley

Mary Shilton wowed everyone with  Berstein’s “Somewhere” from Westside Story

Mary Shilton beautifully renders Berstein’s “Somewhere” from Westside Story. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Choral accompanist, Anita Feguson played the selections from Candide: “Life is Happiness Indeed” and  “The Best of All Possible Worlds” beautifully.

Anita Feguson.  Photo by Britt Conley.
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

Alan Bunner & Eric Ackerman do a great rendition of “Plant a Radish” from The Fantasticks.

Alan Bunner and Eric Ackerman.  Photo by Britt Conley

Dyland Nohilly sings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific.

Dyland Nohilly. Photo by Britt Conley

The Choir sounded wonderful throughout and began wrapping up the evening with  “Look to the Rainbow” from Finian’s Rainbow before ending the concert with…

The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus. Photo by Britt Conley

Marvin Hamlischs’ “One” from A Chorus Line.!  What a phenomenal night, had by all!

Look for our next concerts.  Next up is Jazz for Justice!  April 12th at Schlesinger.

For more information on the chorus, please contact Chad Steffey at csteffey@nvcc.edu

2017 NOVA Holiday Concert

What a great night!!!  The NOVA Alexandria Music Department presented it’s annual Holiday Concert on December 7th, 2017.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with the NOVA Community Chorus performing, For Unto Us a Child is Born from “Messiah” G.F. Handel.  Based on Isaiah 9:6.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Sure on This Shining Night from “Nocturnes”  by Morten Lauridsen  was also a hit. The work was based on a poem by James Agee.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The Choir ended it’s first half of the concert with a very merry rendition of Jingle Bells by James Pierpont, arranged by Gordon Langford.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Next up were our NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble beginning their set  with God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen arranged by Gordon Goodwin. The group also performed Blue Christmas by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson.  The work was arranged by Austin Windorski and The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Kennicott Davis, arranged by Bob Washut.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The minute they began, the phones begin popping up to catch the moment.

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur conducted phenomenally this evening!  As always…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Even before the concert, everyone was rehearsing…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A great time to grab a few, behind the scenes photos…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks performed wonderfully

Kyle Wright sings with The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Holiday Jazz is really wonderful!

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

In the end the ensemble slowly walked off, leaving Christopher Gardner to end our first half of the concert with a rousing drum solo, and the stage to himself…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The audience returned to a wonderful surprise to many, but not our students.  Our music students are not only enjoying our new Center for Design, Media and the Arts, they are also enjoying all the brand new Steinway’s that fill each room!

Tonight our Dean, Jim McClellan and Jonathan Kolm, our Assistant Dean and Director of the Music Program here at NOVA, were presented our new, official Steinway School plaque!  We are all so excited for what this means for our college.

The Steinway School Presentation. Photo by Britt Conley

After our exciting Steinway presentation, the NOVA Alexandria Band hit the stage with, “And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria! by Robert Longfield, followed by Gesu Bambino (Pastorale for Christmas by Pietro Yon, arranged by Mark Rogers and the Dreidel Dance by Robert Thurston.

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

There was even a secondary Brass rendition of Jingle Bells!

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A phenomenal night for the Band!

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

For the last works, our new chorus director, Chad Steffey, came out to conduct, “The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite III…

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A fun-filled set of holiday styled songs…

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A grand time was had by all!  The audience was kind enough to give everyone a standing ovation!

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Thanks to everyone who performed, helped organize and those who came to hear what we have to offer!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

We look forward to seeing you at our next Spring concerts:

The NOVA Alexandria Band’s Children’s Concert on March 1st at 7:30pm.

The NOVA Community Chorus Concert, March 20th at 7:30

The Jazz4Justice Concert featuring the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, March 22nd

and finally, The NOVA Spring Concert featuring

The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Alexandria Band and The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, Friday April 27th from 7:30-9:30pm.

See you there!

Blog post by Britt Conley: Assistant to the Music Department

Spirit of the Bard Concert!

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

October 24th, marked the premier of The Nova Community Chorus under the new direction of Director Chad Steffey.

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall.
The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The concert began with “Full Fathom Five”by Charles Wood, continuing with “Sing Joyfully” by William Byrd, In Windsor Forest: A cantata adapted from the opera, “Sir John in Love” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Songs and Sonnets”from Shakespeare by George Shearing, “If Music be the Food of Love” by David Dickau and finally, “Dance a Cachuca” from the Gondoliers by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The chorus was glad to be back at The Schlesinger Center for the Arts.

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Chad enlightened us on the stories and backgrounds of the music, in between works.

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The chorus was accompanied by Anita Ferguson, who also joined The NOVA Community Chorus, this year.

Anita Ferguson accompanying The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Anita, has been working in the Fairfax County Public School system, for the past six years, as both an accompanist and substitute teacher.  She played wonderfully.

The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
Chad Steffey, directing The NOVA Community Choir Spirit of the Bard Concert. October 24th, 2017 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Chad comes to us from a impressive background.  He served for 20 years on active duty int he United States Air Force, retiring in the rank of Major in July 2013.  His career spanned several assignments as a percussionist and conductor in the Air Force Band career field.  Since 2015 Chad has been the Director of Choirs at J.E.B Stuart High School and serves as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia.  He is also currently completing his doctoral studies in choral directing at George Mason University.

It was a great night overall and wonderful kickoff to our 2017-18 NOVA musical season.  Our next concert is this evening, October 26th.  Lisa Eckstein will conducting the NOVA Community Band with her annual Halloween concert, Spooctacular Sounds in the Haunted Hall, also featuring the Wakefield High School Band!  Music from Bach, Holst and Mussorgsky to Andrew Weber, Sousa and more!  It will be great to see this year’s halloween costume contest!

See you this evening!

Britt Conley (Assistant to the Music Department).