On March 31, NOVA presented students, faculty, staff and the community with an amazing show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus. In its 14th year, the popular contest NOVA Idol welcomed participants to display their musical talents as well as other unique skills.
Unlike previous years, the 2017 NOVA Idol show included a variety show for those who were skilled in juggling, beatboxing and dancing, among other talents. In fall 2016, NOVA Idol organizers – including coordinator Dr. Brenda Lewis-Holmes – auditioned students from all six campuses who were interested in participating before narrowing it down to 10 vocal finalists and two finalists for the variety show.
NOVA Idol is free and open to the public, and the show allows students to have the opportunity to work on their craft with professionals, display their talents to their communities and perform for a chance to win a grand prize. This year, grand prizes ranged from $1,000 to $4,000.
This year’s winner for the vocalist portion of the show was Clifton Marble, Jr., who entertained the audience with his rendition of the song “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge. Beatboxer Sanghyuk (Chip) Han took home the $1,500 grand prize for the variety show portion of the event. In the vocalist portion of the show, Zamira Rodriguez and Christen Butler won second and third place, respectively.
NOVA Idol is open to all NOVA students and welcomes students from all campuses to participate. The now popular event started as a talent show in a classroom on the Alexandria Campus but quickly expanded over the years. The event is a student-focused activity and gives students the opportunity to recognize and display their talents. For additional information about NOVA Idol, visit their website.