Category Archives: Music Department

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.

 

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

Jon Metzger Master Class!

Internationally known vibraphonist, three time Grammy nominee, author and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts, JON METZGER, visited NOVA Alexandria on November 2nd for a master class in music.  The students were absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from him.

Jon Metzger works with our NOVA Jazz ensemble students. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

He performed with our jazz faculty before the harder work of the master class.  “All the Things You Are” was beautifully improvised by Jon, Kevin Pace and John Kocur.

Internationally known vibraphonist, three time Grammy nominee, author and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts, JON METZGER, performing “All The Things You Are”,  November 2nd for a master class in music at The Center for Media, Design and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

He also performed with the faculty again, including Wade Beach, at the end of the class.  I have never heard “Stella by Starlight” performed so conversationally before.  Honestly, it was class in and of itself.

Internationally known vibraphonist, three time Grammy nominee, author and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts, JON METZGER, performing “Stella by Starlight,”  November 2nd for a master class in music at The Center for Media, Design and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The students learned so much about how to up their abilities and perform at an even higher level.

Jon Metzger performs with our NOVA Jazz ensemble students John Butler, Fernando Galeas, Bryan Dicks and jazz faculty Kevin Pace. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

Yon worked through collaborative jazz performance concepts with  Rodney Avery on piano and Mary Himel on saxophone.

Yon Metzger, Rodney Avery on piano and Mary Himel on saxophone. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

His innovative ideas on piano technique, collaborating through octave ranges during improvisation, where a lesson for all of us.

Rodney Avery and Jon Metzger working through some piano options on November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley
Andrew Grabowski on guitar, Kevin Pace on bass, Rodney Avery,  Jon Metzger, and Kurt Steinbacher on drums, working on musicianship with Jon. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

He coaxed Andrew Grabowski into the nuances of a whole new level of soloing.  It was amazing to see how quickly he could change each students approach.

Jon Metzger performs with our NOVA Jazz ensemble students. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the great joys for everyone was jamming with Jon.  The students were thrilled!  What an incredible opportunity, this was.

Jon Metzger performs with our NOVA Jazz ensemble students. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

Jon was able to funnel years of professional knowledge toward each students specific needs.  It was a joy to hear the differences one master class could make.

Bryan Dicks and Jon Metzger. Master class on November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

After working with everyone, he answered question from all of us in the audience as well as the musicians he had just been coaching.

Jon Metzger answers questions from  our NOVA Jazz ensemble students and audience. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

Truly, a great time was had by all!  They are still talking about it!

Jon Metzger performs with our NOVA Jazz ensemble students. November 2, 2018 at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts. Photo by Britt Conley

A special thanks to Musser for helping sponsor Yon and to everyone who participated and the audience who came to learn!

 

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

 

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.

NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club

This Monday! October 30th!  Come join us for the 7th Annual NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club, featuring our  very own, NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Jazz Combos!  FREE! No tickets are required but free-will donations will be collected to benefit the NOVA jazz program’s public concerts and scholarship program. All are welcome to attend.”

According to John Kocur, “In bygone days, a night on the town could mean dressing to the nines and dancing the night away to a live band at a club where you could eat a good meal and sip finely crafted beverages. There are few locations remaining in America where live music can be experienced with this simultaneous sense of intimacy and sophistication. One of them is the Carlyle Club in Old Town Alexandria. With its spacious dance floor, ample stage, cozy booths, and tucked away bar, there are many options for enjoying the music and your company. Much of the décor is a throwback to the Art Deco style of the 1920’s, recalling New York’s Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, and Chicago’s Lincoln Gardens.

Our incredible jazz musicians have been diligently practicing and gearing up for a great night!

Photo by Britt Conley

NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington’s “Echoes of Harlem” and other works written for the orchestras of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Cab Calloway.

Come to dance to the music in an authentic setting. Don’t know how to swing dance? NOVA’s ballroom dance instructor Alan Golombek will teach you with a mini swing dance lesson during intermission.

Everyone can’t wait to hit the stage!

Photo by Britt Conley
It’s been pretty nice, practicing in our new percussion room in the Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus.
Photo by Britt Conley

Which, unlike our old rooms at Tyler are far more spacious.

Photo by Britt Conley
If you were thinking about something to do on Monday night, October 30th, this is it!!!  The Nighthawks Jazz Band will be working it all night!
Photo by John Kocur

Practice has been going really well.

Photo by John Kocur
Photo by John Kocur
If you haven’t been to the Carlye, It’s a Alexandria gem!
 
 This Monday, October 30th The NOVA Jazz Combos will present an opening set of listening music for your dining pleasure.
 
“If you’re looking for old-fashioned romance and entertainment, try the new Carlyle Club in Alexandria, where the sounds of the swing era play in an atmosphere unlike anything else on the night-life scene.” – The Washington Post
NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club

The Carlyle Club

2050 Ballenger Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 548-8899
For more information contact John Kocur at jkocur@nvcc.edu

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).