NOVA Community Chorus

The Community Chorus is a 50-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 50-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, 002A and 003A. 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.

Contact Director Tom Colohan for further information at


Tomas Colohan

Photo by Rhianna Victoria Nissen
Thomas Colohan, Artistic Director of the Washington Master Chorale and the Fairfax Choral Society, is an award-winning conductor, composer, and teacher. The Washington Post has acclaimed Colohan’s work with the Master Chorale as “skillfully wrought and moving.” He has led choruses at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, The Library of Congress, Prague’s Rudolphinum Concert Hall, and the Stephansdom in Vienna. Colohan is active as a guest conductor, teacher and clinician on both the East and West coasts, and serves as Artist-in-Residence at the distinguished Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat in Dublin, NH. He has received a number of well-regarded choral commissions from churches and schools, including St Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, and the Montgomery County Public Schools. In his choral/orchestral engagements he has conducted members of the Prague Radio Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. Colohan has earned numerous honors, including regular recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He has twice been the recipient of a Choralis Foundation Washington Area Choral Excellence Award.

Before coming to the Washington, Colohan served as Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, Music Director of the Santa Clara Chorale, and Founder and Artistic Director of the James River Singers in Richmond, Virginia. His teachers have included renowned choral musicians such as Robert Shaw, Dale Warland, Morten Lauridsen, Helmut Rilling, Donald McCullough, and William Dehning. Colohan has held the post of Music Director for a number of well known churches, including All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto California, and Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia. A lyric baritone who maintains an active voice studio, Mr. Colohan has sung professionally with the Washington Bach Consort and on Public Television’s “Great Performances” series at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Opera Chorus. He holds a Master of Music in Choral Music from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.