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Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert

The Holiday spirit was out in full force for our 2019 Holiday Collage Concert!

Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet performing carols in the lobby.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

A lovely beginning to  a festive evening.

The main concert hall showcased the NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band.

The Chorus fired up the main concert with Personent Hodie, accompanied by a brass and percussion ensemble featuring Isabella Lowe & Josh Menez, trumpets; Margaret Forman, French horn; Ameer Yaqoob, trombone; Cristian Condor, tuba;  and Tyler Brantley and Mayson Rangel on Percussion.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Tonight was bittersweet, since it was the final concert for Choral Director, Jessica Irish.  She has had a truly memorable time with the Chorus this past semester and we were lucky to have her!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The Chorus  followed with There Shall a Star (from “Christus”) by Felix Mendelssohn. and Winter’s Peace highlighting the Semi-Chorus: Halina Banas-Jones, Alan Bunner, Sarah Calvino, Larry Goldschmidt, Diane Halvorsen, Lock Handley, Laura Hanson,  Jane Michaels, Casey Stucliffe and Neo Upod.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Chorus fans rejoiced after Ding, Dong! Merrily on High! featuring Jane Tavernier, second accompanist for four-hand piano and Mayson Ragel on chimes.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Meanwhile The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble were gearing up for their holiday extravaganza! They performed four works, beginning with The Little Drummer Boy…

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The set ended with Greensleeves (What Child is This?) and Comfort and Joy.

A special intermission, shout out to those who came to the concert including our wonderful students, the community and friends and families!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The final half of the concert featured the NOVA Alexandria Band! performing A Christmas Fantasy, Gloria, Away in a Manger, Dreidel Dance and Sleight Ride….

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Harpist Brian Stevenson, out quest artist for the evening stole the show and beautifully filled the hall with the lush sounds of strings.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

I personally adore the hat’s so many band member adorn each holiday for the concert.

Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Best hat of the night?  Well, I think it’s obvious!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

This year’s concert was dedicated to our NOVA students and families.  We wanted to thank them for their sacrifices to make it through school and onto the next chapter in the lives.  To help give back to them, we held a free ticketed give-a-way for NOVA students.  The prizes included: a $50. gift certificate to Ristorante Il Porto in Old Town Alexandria, a $50. gift certificate to Faccia Luna, also in Old Town Alexandria, a 15% off certificate to the Barnes’ and Noble Book Store and two bags of NOVA merchandise from Student Life!!!!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Our excited winners had some great prizes!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

It was nice to see so many happy faces!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The Band’s final piece of the night was an audience singalong featuring Joy to the World, It Came Upon and Midnight Clear and Adeste Fidelis (O come all ye faithful)

The evening ended with a huge round of applause for the Band, the audience, the NOVA Nighthawks and The Chorus!!!!  What a fun-filled evening.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Let’s hear for the Music Department’s 2019′, done well!!!! Happy Holidays everyone and Happy New Year!!!!!

Please come to our next concerts, this Spring!

In our AFA- building in room 118, (our recital hall) we Dmitri Steinberg coming at 7:30pm  on Tuesday February 12th.

February 27th is the famed Children’s Concert for families and the community.  A lot of fun!  The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall.

March 11th is the next Chorus Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall.

5pm on April 15th in the AFA building 118 recital hall will be District 5 Wind Quintet.

and finally… The big Spring Concert feauturing All of the NOVA Ensembles will be at 7:30, may 8th at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall!

 

 

NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club!

What a phenomenal night!

This  year’s NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia was a treat!   The evening’s theme was Swing Revival tunes from the 1990’s featuring music from famous by bands including, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Bega, and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

The first jazz combo, Baby Shark Jazz Quintet,  an ode to the Nationals recent World Series Win, performed:

NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

My Favorite Things, Barbados and Equinox.

NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The second quartet, The Downstairs Guys performed, Black Orpheus, Baby Why? (original), St. Thomas and Mr. P.C.

The Downstairs Guys perform at NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our third Jazz combo, the Are You Serious? performed Four Brothers and Triste.

The Jazz Combo perform NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The evening ended with The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing a  wonderful set list including:

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Band performing at NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Go Daddy-O, Hey Pachuco, As Long As I’m Singing (vocal), Yellow Days (vocal), Mambo No. 5, Jump, Jive, and Wail, Route 66 (vocal), Zoot Suit Riot, and Rock This Town.

NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. November 11, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

What a wonderful response!  A great night had by all!

Our Next NOVA concert will be at 8:00pm, December 10th at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall!  JOY TO THE WORLD! A Holiday College Concert featuring the NOVA Community Chorus, The Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Community Band!

 

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.

 

2018 Jazz Faculty Concert!

It was 2:00pm and those who knew just how great this concert was going to be were all ready in their seats and grateful they didn’t have to miss it, for a class.

The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Our amazing Jazz faculty warmed up and began performing one another’s works!  The set list included:

Motor City by Kevin Pace

Key West Waltz by Harry Watters

Floating on AIR by John Kocur

Forgiven by John Kocur

Route 90 East by  Ken Hall

Tune for Ralph by Ken Hall

The Grind by Kevin Pace

The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

We have a stunning line up of musicians here at NOVA!  Our latest faculty addition, Harry Watters, took us to a whole new world.  Harry, has graced the stage with, “Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra, to name a few…

Andrew Hare, drums, Harry Watters, trombone and Kevin Pace, bass, at the Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
John Kocur, Jacob Garbus, Andrew Hare, Harry Watters, Kevin Pace, Wade Beach and Ken Hall at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
Andrew Hare and Kevin Pace brought every complex rhythm, together, at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Andrew Hare is an exceptional drummer!  Andrew Hare grew up in a musical family, but didn’t find the drums until high school.  He quickly fell in love with jazz through the music of Miles Davis and began to grow rapidly as a musician.  His pursuit of jazz led to a music degree from Michigan State University, where he played in the schools award-winning Big Band, as well as an array of small groups. In addition to touring Japan and the United States with the MSU Big Band, he was also selected to participate in the prestigious Jazz Aspen Academy under the guidance of Christian McBride. He has also had the opportunity to perform with some legendary musicians including Rodney Whitaker, Jon Faddis, Frank Morgan, and Hank Jones.  Since moving to DC in 2009, Andrew has become the chair of the percussion department at the Levine School of Music, earned a masters of music from the University of Maryland , and created the popular jazz drumming blog “The Melodic Drummer”, all while playing and recording with some of the area’s top jazz musicians.  He looks forward to an exciting career of sharing his passion for music with audiences in DC and around the country.

Kevin Pace performs at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Kevin,  is known for his solid, earthy style of bass playing that you can hear live on over 30 recordings.  A founding member of the DC Jazz Composers Collective, Pace has composed numerous award-winning compositions for jazz ensembles, orchestras, film, and artist collaborations.  He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and the Smithsonian, as well as jazz clubs all over the East Coast.  Pace has performed with jazz greats including Gretchen Parlato, Freddie Redd, and David “Fathead” Newman.  He teaches here at NOVA as well as Shepherd University.

Wade Beach and Ken Hall at the The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Jazz piano teacher, Wade Beach, (As George Mason’s website proudly states, ” is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations.” vWade teaches at George Mason University, as well as here with our students.   Wade is everywhere, He’s honestly just a joy to listen to.  He’s collaborated, ” with jazz artists including: Eddie Harris, Billy Harper, Gary Bartz, Richie Cole, Grady Tate, Keeter Betts, and Andrew White. Also pop artists including The Jackson Five, Barry White, and The Dells. Performed sols piano at the Kool Jazz Festival in the Kennedy Center – also performed at the Wolftrap Jazz Festival.  He Joined The Air Force Band in 1979,” as well as working with The Airmen of Note.  Wade, ” has performed for three presidents, and with great artists such as: Peter Erskin, Bob Berg, Tommy Newsom, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, and Dave Liebman.Twice performed Duke Ellington’s piano concerto “A New World A’ Comin” with The Air Force Orchestra at Constitution Hall. Traveled throughout the world performing at notable locations including Carnegie Hall in NewYork. Also created many recordings with The Air Force Band. Played on the Norway’s Jazz Cruise, at the East Coast Jazz Festival with Andrew White, and at Blues Alley with Vaughn Nark, Andrew White, and Tim Eyerman. Most recently Wade is playing in a group with Jeff Antoniuk, Tom Baldwin, and Tony Martucci called “The Jazz Update.”

Ken Hall performs at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
Ken Hall received a bachelors from Westfield State University in Mass. and his masters from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. He’s studied classical guitar with Tim Olbrych and William Feasley and jazz guitar with Mick Goodrick, Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar.
Aside from teaching for us, Ken is an in-demand freelance guitarist playing engagements with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, Signature and Olney Theatres, Blues Alley and the Smithsonian. He toured the former Soviet Union with a 16-piece big band as a guest of the Soviet State Department and has performed with jazz greats Max Roach, Dave Weckl, Slide Hampton, Keter Betts, Don Braden, Hilary Jones, Chris Vadala, country rocker Charlie Daniels, gospel great Andrae Crouch, comedienne Joan Rivers, and Italian crooner Al Martino to name a few.
Aside from his time here at NOVA, he has also taught classical and jazz guitar at Amherst College, Westfield State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.
John Kocur and Jacob Garbus at The Jazz Faculty Concert in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur is the head of our Jazz Studies Program.  At the Washington Post puts it, “Kocur, a saxophonist so admired in the D.C. area that he’s nicknamed “The Smoker,” dominated the bandstand with his passionate playing.” – The Washington Post

When John isn’t teaching around town, he’s working with his quartet or freelancing.  Recent performances by the John Kocur Quartet have included venues such as Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the DC Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, and the Phillips Collection.

Overall, City Paper said it best, Alto saxophonist John Kocur isn’t called “The Smoker” for nothing. He’s simply one of the finest soloists the D.C. jazz scene has to offer—and, it turns out, one of its most promising composers and bandleaders, too.” -Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

In addition to leading his own group, John has performed as a sideman with the international touring acts such as Jamie Cullum and Joe Piscipo. In the Washington, D.C. area he has particiapted in the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Capital Focus Jazz Band, and the Too Damn Big Orchestra. In addition, he frequently collaborates with musicians in other genres, playing with progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and bluegrass duo Herb and Hanson. John has proudly performed overseas at the Jazz Ascona Festival in Switzerland and the first annual Nagano Jazz Festival in Japan. Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with legendary jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Fred Wesley, Jimmie Owens, Freddie Redd, and Buck Hill.

Jacob Garbus performing at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

And Jacob Garbus is our next up and coming saxaphonist! He’s placed all around the world and with our own John Kocur, The Pharcyde, De La Soul and Talib Kweli, to name a few!  His bio will blossom before you know it because his playing is right up there!  My advice is, learn what you can from him now, because he’ll be off creating an amazing career before we know it!

 

 

 

 

 

Arts on the Avenue 2018

It’s not easy to move a massive band around town, but Band Director Lisa Eckstein is always undaunted!  Saturday she procured a truck and packed everything up and met the students in Del Ray, in Alexandria, for a wonderful community concert!  It was phenomenal!!!

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Concert Band performed…

 Overture for Winds by Charles Carter

Red Rock Mountain by Rossano Galante

Roses of Galante by NOVA alumnus Matthew Bandman

Carnival of Venice by Herbert Clarke featuring NOVA band euphonium player,  Michael Brooke

Perseverance by NOVA student, Nathan Pereda

Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger

Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Playing outdoors is a whole other experience.  Sound often travels away toward the audience and doesn’t bounce back well.  You’d never know by how in step everyone was.

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The pieces were fun, energized and filled the festival!

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
Michael Brooke, of The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The band was not the only NOVA group to play!  Our Jazz Band followed Lisa’s amazing performance.  Our director of Jazz Studies, John Kocur was quick to set the space and add some chairs for a whole new audience!

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The ensemble performed a variety of works…

“Zip-Ah-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel
“Flirtibird” by Duke Ellington (from Anatomy of A Murder)
“Call Me Irresponsible” by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen
“Soul Bossa Nova” by Quincy Jones
“Every Day” by Memphis Slim
“You’re Welcome” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble is a community Jazz Band.  It brings students together, with community musicians, for a wealth of  knowledge and learning for everyone.  If you’d like to consider joining the ensemble, contract John Kocur at Jkocur@nvcc.edu

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The band mainly performs at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and various community concerts.  The Next Nighthawks Jazz performance will be at the Carlyle Club!

Monday, November 5, 2018
7:30 – 9:30pm
The Carlyle Club
2050 Ballenger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Come on down for a GREAT night of Jazz in an amazing club, right here in Alexandria!

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Blog post by Britt Conley

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 5th Annual Alexandria JAZZ4JUSTICE

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Each year The Alexandria Bar Association and The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble collaborate for an evening of JAZZ4JUSTICE!

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Today, through partnerships with 9 universities and numerous local Bar Associations, 44 Jazz4Justice concerts have been held across the Commonwealth: George Mason, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, Northern Virginia Community College, Shenandoah University and the University of Mary Washington.

The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

These Concerts have raised over $400,000. for jazz programs and an array of education and charitable legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our NoVA ensemble, grab some food and drinks and listen to the pre-concert concert.

5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The concert’s have raised over $400,000. for jazz programs and an array of educational and charitable legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA  Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA  Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

This year the T.C. William s High School Jazz Ensemble joined us.

The T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

They were fantastic as always!!!

The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

We also had wonderful raffle offerings  for the events which featured restaurants around the area, classes, spa treatments, wine baskets and more…

The raffle drawing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone came together to play the evening out….

The NOVA Nighthawks and T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensembles performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur gave us one of his renowned solos…

John Kocur taking the solo with The NOVA Nighthawks and T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensembles performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The night included works by Cole Porter, Lionel Ritchie, Jimmy Van Jeusen, Mack Gordon & Harry Warren, Paul Baker, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington ,  Bill Potts, Antonio Jobin, Norman Whirfield, Barrett String and Billy Page.

It was another GREAT night, had by all!

Don’t miss next years!  Come on over and help bring Jazz4Justice!

Blog post by Britt Conley, Assistant to the Music Department.

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

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles performed at The Carlyle Club!

What a GREAT gig!  The NOVA ensembles performed at the famed, Carlyle Club in Old Town Alexandria on October 30th, 2017.

7th Annual NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Jazz studies director, John Kocur, kicked off the evening events, directed and informed the audience about the club, songs and upcoming events.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks Jazz Band worked it!  Playing out at the club is really a wonderful opportunity for our students.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

While everyone performed, dancers spun about the floor…

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! Photo By Britt Conley

There were even dance classes for those who wanted to learn some new swing moves!  NOVA’s ballroom dance instructor Alan Golombek took the time to teach anyone who was interested.  It turned out there were a lot of interested people!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Kyle Wright joined the band for several songs.  He really has a phenomenal voice!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone played well and we all had a great time!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Look for the date for next year’s club date!  It’s every fall.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

The music from all the ensembles was fantastic!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Looking forward to hearing them again at Jazz4Justice on March 22nd at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria!

See you there!

Blog post by Britt Conley: Assistant to the Music Department