NOVA Community Chorus

chorusThe Community Chorus is a 100-voice ensemble that combines singers from the NOVA Music Program and the surrounding community. The chorus has distinguished itself both locally and internationally. It performs regularly with the Alexandria Band, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Alexandria Symphony. Special engagements in past years have included Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the National Theater. The chorus toured Spain and performed at the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville. The chorus has sung in England (2006), at the Leipzig International Choral Festival in Germany (2008) and in France (2010).

The Community Chorus is a part of the Music Program at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. The 80-voice ensemble, comprising singers from both the College and the surrounding community, is open to all interested singers without audition. The chorus performs regularly with many of the region’s orchestras and has performed in Washington National Theater, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City.


Membership in the chorus requires registration for MUS 137 001A. Registration is open to all; each member is expected to attend rehearsal regularly and diligently practice with music and audiotapes. Membership in the chorus is maintained through registration in a one-credit course at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus every Fall and Spring semester.

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Chad Steffey

  • B.M., Southern Methodist University
  • M.M., Florida State University

Chad A. Steffey is an adjunct faculty member of the George Mason University School of Music where he teaches Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals, and is the Associate Conductor of the University Singers. Also a full-time student, Mr. Steffey is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting.

Mr. Steffey currently serves as musician-in-residence at St. Peter’s in The Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, where he composes music for worship and leads several ensembles. From 2013-2014, he served on the music staff of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia, as the Associate Director of Worship Arts where he led several vocal and handbell ensembles. From 2000-2004, he was the Director of Music at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia.

Mr. Steffey served for 20 years on active duty in the 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, then as a public affairs officer at Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon. From 1999-2004, he was the Director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and a staff conductor with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC.

Mr. Steffey is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance and music theory in 1991. In 1993, he earned the Master of Music in percussion performance from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.