As a thank you to faculty and staff, the George C. Marshall Statesman Sinfonia Orchestra performed a 30-minute concert in the student lounge on February 17 at the Annandale Campus. More than 40 faculty, staff and the students’ parents attended the event, including Provost Pam Hilbert.
The concert was arranged by IT Specialist Howard Treichler. In fall 2016, the Annandale faculty and staff came together to donate $500 to the George C. Marshall Orchestra after they found out from Treichler about the high school students’ fundraising efforts. Treichler, who has a daughter who plays in the orchestra, mentioned it to his coworkers and also said the high school and NOVA provide education in the same community.
“George C. Marshall High School and NOVA share a community of students and many of those students will have NOVA on their higher education radar, either for a two-year degree, as a path to a four-year degree, vocational training or summer classes to supplement their class load at a current four-year college,” Treichler said.
Treichler said it only took mentioning the orchestra’s fundraising and in no time, they had raised $500. To thank the Annandale Campus for their efforts, Orchestra Director Catherine Bond offered a concert for faculty, staff and students. Treichler said he hopes this gesture is just a start to strengthening NOVA’s relationships with the community.
During the concert, Bond thanked those in attendance, including Treichler and his wife who provided pizza for lunch for the orchestra and the audience. The orchestra received a standing ovation, and Community Outreach Coordinator Bob Hull also encouraged them to consider NOVA’s music program in the future.