Archive for the ‘Summer 2014’ Category

Senior Registration

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

[Update August 12, 2014] From Peggie: Seniors, It’s not a bad idea to practice by trying a regular enrollment but just don’t complete it.

From Bernie:
The NOVA website is VERY user unfriendly.  I tried to find my user name, but the instructions given from the link below do not match with reality.  If someone needs to find their user name (which one is not allowed to select or change), it’s best to just call 703-426-4141. Have either the Student ID or SSN, they will give it to you.  Also, passwords expire and you cannot use the previous one (I don’t know about any previous one, but you must know the old password to get a new one.

[June 20, 2014] From Peggy: Dr. Whitmire asked me to pass this info to the chorus.

As an NVCC senior volunteer I was asked to attend a session where we tested the system that seniors will use for online registration. Below are my notes from that session. Most important is that for (free) senior classes, registration is only during the 24 hours of a SINGLE day for the full fall semester: for this fall that is Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

(I forgot to ask about getting the senior parking permit. As I learn more I will pass it on. )

Notes on senior registration

Now will need government issued Picture ID. May have to scan and upload.

Note that any button or reference you may see on the screen for uploading Virginia Tax return applies ONLY if the senior is not auditing but is taking courses for credit for free, which has a low income requirement.

Must register ON August 19. No earlier or later. Can either do online or go to Alexandria campus to do it online there with in-person assistance.

(If registering online from home computer or mobile device, I recommend that night owls do it just after midnight on August 19, and others as early as possible in the AM, as I imagine the system will be pretty slow later in the day.)

Seniors will have to perform these two steps in this order: first, register online for class(es) like normal student (but don’t pay); and second, complete and submit the new online Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver form (the form we used to complete in hard copy). Both are done ONLY on August 19 for the fall semester.

Recommend that you have all the following info on hand before you start the process, whether at home OR at the Alexandria campus.

1. Your NVCC student ID number and password, the same one you use to access Blackboard or NOVA Connect. *

2. The course number (MUS 137), the class number (14618), the section number (001A), the campus (Alexandria), the date of first class (8/26/2014), and the number of credits (1). (Preceding examples are correct for fall semester chorus).

*go to and click on My NOVA tab. Here’s a direct link to the page on how to get your user name: Note that this page also has a link to instructions on getting a new password.

Maryland Lyric Opera

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire:
Matt Relton, DeMarcus Bolds, and Sandro Trigo will be performing in Maryland Lyric Opera’s production of
Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci
Saturday, July 19th, 7:00PM
Sunday, July 20th, 2:00PM
Saturday, July 26th, 7:00PM
Sunday, July 27th, 2:00PM

At The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theater, University of Maryland

For more info Call 301.405.ARTS (2787)

Or go to the website at


Saturday, July 12th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

Here is a link to rehearsal tracks for the Mozart Vespers.

Here is a link to rehearsal tracks for the Five Mystical Songs.

The version of Five Mystical Songs that I previously sent is choral only (no piano). Here is a link to a version with piano accompaniment.

Here is a link to the same version for free in the public domain library. (.pdf)

Fall Schedule

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

-Here is our current Fall 2014 Schedule. The Schlesinger dates are confirmed and solid. The 12/7 concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic is unconfirmed and subject to change.

-Here are links to a wonderful performance of Five Mystical Songs. Enjoy.

Fall 2014

Tuesday, 10/07/14, 7:30 pm
Dress Rehearsal 1

Tuesday, 10/11/14, 3:00 pm
Dress Rehearsal 2
Tyler Rm 130

Tuesday, 10/14/14, 7:30 pm
Chorus Concert with Christine and David Hagan
Vespers of the Confessor, K339 (W.A. Mozart)

Sunday, 11/23/14, 5:00 pm
Dress Rehearsal 1 with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Immanuel Church on the Hill (Quaker Lane and Seminary Rd, Alexandria)

Sunday, 11/30/14, 5:00 pm
Dress Rehearsal 2 with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Immanuel Church on the Hill (Quaker Lane and Seminary Rd, Alexandria)

Tuesday, 12/02/14, 7:30 pm
Dress Rehearsal

Sunday, 12/07/14, 3:00 pm
Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Location TBA –UNCONFIRMED (may be Sunday 12/14/14)

Tues 12/9/14, 7:30 pm
Chorus/Band/Jazz Band Concert
Four Choruses from Messiah
A Christmas Portrait

Saturday, 12/13/14, 3:00 pm
Concert with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Five Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Church of the Epiphany

Mozart Videos

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

here are Youtube links to a fairly good performance of the Mozart. Enjoy.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, K. 339

I. Dixit Dominus

II. Confitebor

III. Beatus vir

IV. Laudate pueri

V. Laudate Dominum

VI. Magnificat

Vespers Solos

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

I have decided to have the solos in the Mozart Vespers sung by members of the chorus. We will have auditions on September 16 (our 4th rehearsal). The audition selection for the SATB solo quartet will be III. Beatus vir. I have attached an mp3 file for those who can receive them. I am sure Kate will have it up at very soon.

There will be a separate audition for the soprano solo V. Laudate Dominum.

Fall Season

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

-I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I have enjoyed some restful days, but am now turning my attention to our Fall season.

-Please register for chorus now (MUS137 01a). If you know skilled singers who are looking for a great group, please recruit them. We are singing Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. It doesn’t get any better than that!

-Our Saturday rehearsals will be 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Those of you who have regularly done so, please register for the Saturday section (MUS 237 01A).

-I hope that many of you will also register for MUS 198 01a Seminar and Project (#64675): Vocal Repertoire which will meet immediately following Saturday chorus rehearsal.
This vocal performance seminar will emphasize technique, style, diction, and interpretation. It will afford a weekly a opportunity to perform your songs weekly
with an expert piano accompanist, Christine Hagan. I will need some of my senior students to register as paying students to make a go of it.

-I also have two sections of Beginning Guitar (MUS163 01a and 02a). It is always great fun. I’d love to have you in the class.

More to come. In the meanwhile, have a great summer.

NEW Academic Building

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

From Peggy (Dr. Whitmire): “NEW” ACADEMIC BUILDING – GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY | Thursday, 26 June 2014

Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the “NEW” Academic Building.

Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: AL Campus | Parking Lot B-6
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Bisdorf Building (AA-196)


The new three-story 80,000-square-foot building will replace the current Tyler Building on campus. It will house the music, studio arts, dance and drama programs. The new structure will include administrative offices, classrooms, activity rooms, a bookstore and a black box theatre.

In addition, there will be three outdoor terraces erected for studio work and a student lounge.

College officials expect the building to be certified as LEED Silver. The construction project is anticipated to last about 18-months.

For more information, please contact Donald Cole | Director of Campus Operations | 703-933-8086

Chorworks’ summer workshop

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

From Philip Cave to Dr. Whitmire: I hope you are enjoying a good summer.

Chorworks’ summer workshop in DC approacheth…and I wanted to let you know about some concerts by my UK ensemble Magnificat, who are on tour in the NE and are performing and acting as faculty for the workshop. Please will you forward this to friends and colleagues who might be interested?

1. On Tuesday, 24th June, we are singing the lunchtime concert at Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC, with music by the great English composers John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, Robert White and William Byrd. The program covers the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I, and includes White’s spectacularly beautiful and moving Lamentations for Five Voices. (Admission free: donation requested.)

2. At 7:30pm on Friday evening, 27th June, we are performing at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Rhode Island Ave, NW. The program begins with more English music, including Robert White’s “Tota pulchra es” which has been specially reconstructed for us. It is one of only a handful of 16th century English settings of words from the Song of Songs – and it forms a link to the second half of the program, which consists of Continental settings by Palestrina, L’Heritier, Isaac, Lassus, and others. (Admission free: donation invited.)

3. Then the next evening, Saturday 28th, MAGNIFICAT will perform with the summer school participants in their closing concert. This will take place at St. Paul’s, K-Street NW, at 7:30pm. It features some fabulous Song of Songs settings, such as Clemens Non Papa’s “Ego Flos Campi”, and some rareties by Praetorius, Massaino, Bertulosi, Croce and da Silva. (Admission free: donation invited.)

Magnificat was formed in 1991, and specializes in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces with particular emphasis on music from post-Reformation England and from late 16th century Spain. We have released over a dozen CDs, the two most recent ones being recordings of Latin-texted sacred music from Tudor England. Magnificat’s singers are among the UK’s leading consort singers; they frequently sing for other groups including The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, and Stile Antico. Magnificat has won prestigious awards from the BBC, and from Gramophone Magazine, etc.

Please visit for further information.


Friday, June 20th, 2014

From Peggy:
Dr Whitmire asked me to pass on this info.

From the Director of Business Services, NOVA’s parking policy is:

Effective August 1, 2014, valid NOVA Parking Permits are no longer required on vehicles parked in Student (“B”) Parking Lots after 4 pm and on weekends.

On-time Registration

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

From Peggy: FYI, here is info from NVCC email about next semester’s new “On-time registration” policy. If you can’t read the email, here’s a link to the same info on the NVCC web site: (.pdf)

Note that there is no info in here about senior registration. When I get that info I will also forward to the chorus.

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

From Peggy: Dr. Whitmire asked me to pass this info to the chorus about a concert on Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:30 pm, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N Oakland St, Arlington.

Since the attachments are too big to send through the list, I’m putting a link to more info on the concert at the church’s web site:

Medical Musical Group

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

From Lisa Eckstein, Music Instructor and Band Director to Dr. Whitmire: I hope your summer is off to a great start:)  Will you please forward this email to the NOVA Community Chorus members?  The Medical Musical Group is doing a concert in the Schlesinger Center on June 14 and they are in need of some more singers on all voice parts.  Please tell your members to email me directly if they want to participate and can make at least three rehearsals (one being the dress) and the concert.  Please see the attached flyer (.pdf) for more information.  I’ll be playing bassoon and conducting a piece at this concert:)  It’s a good group and will be fun.  Thank you!

Fall 2014 Sheet Music

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers- I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of a great summer. But I am sure there are eager beavers out there who would like to get started on our Fall music. Here are the editions we’ll be using. Muisc will be in the bookstore, or you can order it now from Sheetmusicplus (see below).

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
(SATB). By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. Classical Period. Difficulty: difficult. Vocal score. Vocal score, lyrics and piano reduction. K.V. 339. 68 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50234170)
Usually leaves our warehouse: Within 24 hours $6.99

Five Mystical Songs – Choral Part
By Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). For bass voice solo, SATB choir, keyboard (organ or piano) or band or orchestra or string orchestra. General. Choral part. 16 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.5029)
Usually leaves our warehouse: Within 2 to 3 weeks $2.80 $2.58
(Minimum order: 6)

Senior Registration

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-

Ellie Briscoe picked up this information about senior registration at the Student Services Center today:

Policy changes for senior citizen tuition waiver:

In compliance with NOVA’s new on-time registration policy, registration must occur the day before the session start date. Your senior citizen registration form will now be in electronic form (e-form) for you to complete and submit via your MyNOVA account.

Further information and campus workshops will be offered over the summer. Please check for NOVA email for updates.

2014 Fall Classes begin August 20 and October 15.

Ruthanne Lodato Scholarship

Monday, May 19th, 2014

From Debra Gunnerson to Christine Hagan:

Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association is collecting donations for the Ruthanne Lodato Scholarship. She was gunned down and killed in her home in Alexandria Virginia. Her continued legacy through NVMTA will be a yearly scholarship to a needy student, a promotion she would have been most proud of accomplishing. With your help, we can provide each year funds for a financially needy student that would help with the burden of expensive music lessons.

Send donations to
Debra Gunnerson,
4509 Hazelnut Ct.,
Chantilly, VA 20151.

Checks should be made out to NVMTA, stating Lodato scholarship in the memo area. Thank you all for your help.

Summer Sings

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

From Fred: The 32nd Season of Washington Summer Sings will be on Tuesdays at 7:30 during the month of June, as usual.

We usually have about 200 good singers from the best choruses in the DC area who have performed these works several times. You sit with them: Sopranos and Altos up front; Basses and Tenors behind them. The director, pianist, and soloists are professionals who volunteer their time.

So… you have never sung one of them? So what? Sight read. The director often goes over a few passages that cause trouble, even with good singers – and then you “perform.” No rehearsal; just perform it.

All four will start at 7:30 PM and will be at:
Western Presbyterian Church
– 2401 Virginia Avenue, N.W.
– Washington, D.C. 20037
(corner of 24th. & G. Streets, near Foggy Bottom Metro & GWU)

There is parking under the church if you get there at or before 7 PM. On street parking usually has some vacancies starting a few blocks away; and there are commercial parking lots a few blocks away. Carpooling with someone who has done this before is recommended.

Admission is still $10 per person. Bring your own copy of the music or rent a copy for $2.

I have attached a copy (.pdf) of their flyer but just in case it does not survive; here is the critical info:

June 03 -Brahms: German Requiem (in German); J Reilly Lewis, Music Director, Cathedral Choral Soc
June 10 -Mozart: Requiem; Robert Shafer, Dir. City Choir of Washington & Shenandoah Conservatory
June 17-Faure’: Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine; Thomas Colohan, Washington Master Chor.
June 24-Vivaldi: Gloria, Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Dir New Dominion Chorale & National Men’s Chor

Talk about this with the “experienced” members of NOVA Chorus next Tuesday, when you are not on stage.