Archive for the ‘Summer 2012’ Category

2012-13 Season

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

From Dr. Whitmire: Hello Singers- I hope you are having a great summer. I have been working on our exciting 2012-13 season, and want to get you the latest info regarding repertoire and dates.
NOVA Community Chorus Calendar (.pdf)

Magnificat in D, BVW 242, By J.S. Bach, Boosey & Hawkes (#M051321407)
I will provide Antiphonal Choruses by Gabrielli and Monteverdi
Fantasy, Opus 80, By Ludwig Beethoven, Edition Peters (#8723)

If you know good singers who would like to join us, bring them! Its going to be a great year.

Ode to Joy

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- Here is a great opportunity to sing Ode to Joy with orchestra and to be a part of Maestro Dingwald Fleary’s 40th anniversary season as conductor of The McLean Symphony. Contact Felicia Kesse-Crawley [703.725.5042 or fkcrawley [at] gmail [dot] com} if you would like to participate.

Urgent Request for Choral Singers in All Voice Categories, with a special call for Tenors and Basses . . . to perform Next Saturday, June 2nd (.pdf)

Flyer attached (.pdf)


Summer 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

For previous postings regarding Summer or Fall 2012, under Archives on the right-hand side of the page, click on “Summer 2012” or “Fall 2012”

For archived Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 information, please see to the right-hand side of the page, also under Archives.

Fourteenth Rehearsal Preview

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

From Dr. Whitmire: Welcome to our 14th and final rehearsal of Spring 2012!  Please sign in.

This has been a great year. Chichester Psalms, Civil War, Liturgy of St. John, Jazz Mass, Songs of Sunset and now Bernstien Barber and Sondheim. We have really made music this year!

Next Fall will include Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Antiphonal choruses by Gabrielli and Monteverdi, and more. Dates will be announced soon.

Sponsor WMPO– For the past several years the chorus has been a benefactor of the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra. I hope we can support this most worthy organization again this year. If you would like to contribute, please bring you contribution this week. Make checks to NVCC Foundation and we will write a single check from us to the WMP.

Youtube – Our first performance of Songs of Sunset is on Youtube. Check it out:

Photos – As you may have noticed, we had a professional photographer at the concert. His photos are available for viewing and purchase at

– I will have CDs of Chichester Psalms, Jazz Mass and Songs of Sunset next week. They will be only $5 each (cash or checks to NVCC Foundation).

The Spring Concert music files are posted at  I have CDs for those who prefer ($5 – cash or checks to NVCC Foundation).

Order of Music for our April 26 concert
Sure On This Shining Night
Not While I’m Around
Send in the Clowns
Life Is Happiness Indeed
Make Our Garden Grow

This Thursday, April 26 – Spring Concert, 6:00 6:30 pm Call, 7:00 7:30 pm concert

Other calendar items

Friday, April 27

4:00 pm – Voice Master Class by Dr. Karen Murphy, Professor of Collaborative Piano at Mississippi State University; Singers: Michelle McHugh, Terri LaGoe,
Jon DeHart, Brandon Homayouni

7:30 pm – Voice Recital by Jonathan Price, tenor, Masters candidate at New England Conservatory (son of former NVCC faculty Kathy Price)

Saturday, April 28, 3:00 pm

Graduation Voice Recital by Stacy Dumas, soprano (former chorus member)

Saturday, May 5, 5:00 pm
Applied Voice Recital

Saturday, May 12, 3 pm
Annual Chorus Picnic at Barcroft Park

Sing Well-DrW

Summer Sings

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

From Chorister Fred:  This might be the best year for the Summer Sings program at Western Presb. Church.
(.pdf Flier attached)

Sing THE four great requiems without a rehearsal. None! It’s a wonderful experience.
Be surrounded by hundreds of good singers who know each work at performance quality.
Professional soloists, and directors of the best known choruses in this area.

Carpool with a seasoned chorus member if you can, go early and park under the church.

Only $10 entrance fee and $2 for score rental if it is not already in your library.

June 5:   Faure’ Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine
June 12: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (in German)
June 19: Verdi Requiem
June 26: Mozart Requiem

Details at:

Summer Class

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

From Dr. Whitmire: SINGERS

If you are a singer who would like to improve your performing skills, register for my Vocal Repertoire.

MUS 198  |  Seminar And Project Vocal Repertoire  |  1.00 cr  |  Six Week – First
11299  |  040A  |  T 7:30PM – 9:55PM  |  AT-0130  |  Alexandria  |  Whitmire, Mark A

Topics will include vocal technique, musical style, and expression.

The course will include one individual 25-minute coaching session with Dr. Whitmire to be arranged before and after the class meeting time.

Class will meet May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19
The course will be limited to twelve students.
Christine Hagan will be the accompanist.
If you have any questions, contact
Dr. Mark Whitmire
703-845-6097 or

Berkshire Choral Festival

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

From Chorister Grace:  The Berkshire Choral Festival – – has opened registration for summer 2012.  Singers who attended a week this year were allowed early registration and I see that the Edinburgh week is only open for tenors at this point.  However, any of the other weeks would be a great vacation as well.  FYI – I sang with BCF in Vancouver this past summer – wonderful vacation.  Conductor was Tom Hall from Baltimore who was a treat to work with, the music was extraordinarily moving, and I got to visit the Pacific NorthWest for the first time.  We had around 150 singers from 20+ states and 5 countries, as I recall.  For those who are interested, singers receive music and rehearsal CD’s in the spring and spend a week with rehearsals in the morning and evening and a concert at the end of the week.  In Sheffield, the Springfield Massachusetts Symphony generally joins us for the concert.  Afternoons during the week are free to explore the local area.  I spent a few extra days on either end of the week in Vancouver just to get in a little more sight-seeing.  Other folks did one of the Alaskan cruises either before or after and a couple of my alto friends from 5 years ago in Canterbury took the trans-Canada train back to Boston and New York.  In Sheffield, there are organized afternoon outings to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the town of Lenox, Edith Wharton’s home, etc., as well as hikes and canoe trips.  Picking a week for next year was one of the toughest choices for me personally – would love to do the Beethoven week (Missa Solemnis) or the Defiant Requiem week – but I couldn’t pass up a trip to Edinburgh!
Apply Online, 2012 Performance Schedule