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Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Forwarded by Fred, from Wendy Matthews:  Fred:  Could you please pass on to the chorus the band and my heartfelt thanks below?

Congratulations, Chorus! The concert was fabulous. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to music at NOVA-Alexandria. Many member of the audience ask me to convey to you their congratulations. It is very very, rare that any group in this area (amateur or professional) gets a standing ovation and fills Schlesinger. I am very proud of the chorus and hope you are proud of your accomplishments! I enjoyed working with you on Hymn to the fallen. A huge thank you to everyone! This was a true team effort. Enjoy your weekend.

Below are some upcoming events to enjoy. Congratulations again! -W

NOVA Jazz Night
The NOVA Alexandria Music Department cordially invites all faculty, staff, and students to come relive the excitement of the Swing Era at NOVA Jazz Night.  The event will take place on Tuesday November 15th from 7PM-9:30PM at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria.  The NOVA Jazz Combos will perform an opening set followed by the 20 piece NOVA Alexandria Jazz Ensemble.  The evening will feature music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman.  There is no admission charge for this event.  There is a $25 minimum purchase at tables but no minimum in the lounge area. . Reservations can be made at

Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Winds and Jazz Combo Concert
Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm. The chamber ensemble program at NOVA will be presenting a concert including works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Donizetti, etc. in Tyler Recital Hall.

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

Vocal Seminar

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Dear Singers- We had an excellent Vocal Seminar this summer, albeit short-only 6 weeks. Several of the students asked if we could continue Vocal Seminar this Fall. I hadn’t intended to teach it but due to an administrative error it is listed in the Fall Schedule. As it turns out, I can can get them to let me teach it if there is sufficient enrollment (more than guitar or piano classes). As you know, it is one of my favorite classes, so I would love it if we had the class. It will be 2 credits and will meet Saturdays 2-4 pm. If you would like to improve your singing and performing skills this is a great class: Mus 198 001a Seminar and Project. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

Beethoven Found presents: A Tribute to the Wounded Warriors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

(June 14, 2011)  Update:  From Fred:    Here is your chance to have fun singing five well known songs in the Kennedy Center as part of a special, two hour long Tribute to the Wounded Warriors. If you have never sung in the Kennedy Center, consider this to be a golden opportunity to be on stage and back stage in this huge venue. Don’t expect another like it.

37 members of NOVA Chorus have already signed up to join a large number of other choristers to sing for 15 minutes in this large concert. It is on Monday, June 27 at 8 PM. The only REQUIRED rehearsal is 3 – 5 PM at Kennedy Center (the morning rehearsal was canceled). There is an additional, optional, rehearsal on Monday, June 20, 7:30 PM, at the McLean Bible Church, which has taken on the daunting task of assembling, teaching and directing all of the singers.

I have attached all of the music we will sing in PDF format and the program for the entire concert. All of us are using the sheet music we printed from our own computers. (welcome to the new world)

Standard concert dress (all black for women, Black Tux for men) and your own black music folder are required.

Here is the list of our singers so far [see e-mail]. If you signed up earlier, check to be sure your name is on this list.

If you plan to sing in this concert and have not yet registered with me, send an Email to me ASAP at  f.wulff [at] yahoo [dot] com. Marci Ward, who is the top level organizer of singers and I will only send out additional details to singers on my list (which she will add to her list).

(June 13, 2011) Update. From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers-
-Reminder: If you want to sing at the Kennedy Center on Monday, June 27, please let me know by tomorrow. If you have never sung at the Kennedy Center, you should try to do this. It is a thrill.
-Fred has sent PDF copies of most of the music. I will have copies that you may pick up at NVCC tomorrow between 6 and 10 pm outside the Choir Room.
-There is an optional rehearsal on Monday, June 20, at 7:30 pm at McLean Bible Church. There is a required dress rehearsal at the Kennedy Center, at 3:00 pm on June 27. I suggest you come to the dress rehearsal in concert attire.
-Fred will be in charge of the NOVA Community Chorus for this event. My mother arrives from Texas on the 27th, so I cannot attend.
-If you have any questions let me or Fred know.

PS- There have been some exciting changes in our Fall 2011-Spring 2012 schedule. I will give you the details soon.

(June 9, 2011) Update. From Fred: Mark asked me to keep records for him until he returns to the Alexandria Campus on Tuesday. I have attached “God Bless America” in PDF format.

Here is the list of names and addresses that I have so far. [See email] Almost all of these names were taken from Email replies to NOVAChorus-owner. If you responded directly to Mark I did not get a copy. If you intend to sing in this event and you are not on this list, reply to NOVAChorus-owner or to f.wulff [at] yahoo [dot] com so that I can add you to the list.

Conversely, if you are on the list and don’t plan to sing, let me know that, too.
Question marks indicate conditions and I made note of them.

I will begin using a special address list of just the participants in the next day or two.

(June 9, 2011) Update. From Fred: I have attached the first shipment of music that we will sing from Ul James. It is in PDF format.
Next is a copy of the entire program (.pdf) that will be presented on the 27th. This was taken from the Kennedy Center web site.
VARIOUS – Patriotic American Songs (our first shipment)
CONTI – Rocky- Lyrics by Carol Connor
CLEMENT – The Warrior’s Hymn
GERSHWIN – Summertime
Mark will pass more information to us as he receives it.

(June 7, 2011) From Dr. Whitmire: Dear Singers – You may have heard about this event on NPR. Our friend Ul James is conducting Beethoven Found Presents: A Tribute to the Wounded Warriors. He would like us participate. The concert will take place on Monday, June 27th at 8:00 PM at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC. There are two rehearsals for the concert on the same day June 27: 10-12:30 am and 3-5 pm.

It should be a wonderful event. The concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony, the principal trumpet, trombone and horn of the National Symphony and other musicians from Philadelphia Orchestra and NY Phil are participating. There are four patriotic pieces with chorus.

If you would like to participate, please let me know by Tuesday, June 14.

Easy reference links:
Copy of the entire program (.pdf)
Program on Kennedy Center web site
All five pieces of music, in order (.pdf)

Summer Sings

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

(4/12/2011) From Fred: The summer sings are really enjoyable. There will be 200 – 300 of the best choral singers in this area, seated by section in the sanctuary of this church. Be really early if you want to park under the church (no vans). Sometimes you can find on street parking 3 or so blocks away and there are commercial parking garages in the area.
For more info, see this Schedule (.pdf), or

(5/10/2011) Update:  From Fred:
Fellow singers:  Here is the Summer Sings schedule for this year (see above). I ALWAYS enjoy singing in this event.

Usually, there are about 300 singers who participate solely because they love to sing these well known works or to experience one they don’t know – with NO rehearsal. The directors of the best known choruses in this area and professional soloists donate their time so that you can have a lot of fun.

(6/7/2011) Reminder.

Chorworks Annual Summer Choral Workshop

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

From Christine Hagan: Sandy just sent me this – could it go out to the chorus or on the chorus website?  Thanks.
Chorworks Annual Summer Choral Workshop website.

Honors Recital

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:  Here is a flyer (.pdf) for the Honors Recital. Spread the word! Congratulations to four members (plus one honorary member) of the NOVA Community Chorus who will be performing! I hope you can attend.  Yours-DrW

Messiah Sing-a-Long

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

From Fred: I know that by Easter Sunday, the Beethoven 9th. will be firmly stuck in my head. Even though I’ll sing a “bang up” Easter program at my church (tympani, brass, etc.), when that joy dies away I’ll still hear “FREUDA!” when it’s quiet.

There is a remedy. Sing, or just experience “The Messiah,” with none other than Reilly Lewis, a full orchestra, professional soloists and a church full of singers. No rehearsal! There ‘s even a concert for entertainment for early arrivals at 7:00.

(this note states that they will sing Part One except they always sing Parts 2 & 3 at Easter… ?)

Get there by 6:45 to get parking close to the church. Look around in the church for your friends and go sit with them and enjoy the concert. Don’t have a copy of Messiah? Borrow one or look on with a friend .

Cathedral Sings

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

From Fred:  Cathedral Sings! (.pdf) Carmina Burana. Sunday, June 26, 2001 at 7:30 pm, Washington National Cathedral.  Buy Tickets.

Seminar: Vocal Repertoire

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

From Dr. Whitmire:   SINGERS PLEASE NOTE
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   2.00cr   Six Week – First
11332 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 individual coaching sessions to be arranged before and after the class meeting time.
Class will meet May 17, May 24, May 31, May 7, May 14, May 21
May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21
The course will be limited to twelve students.
Christine Hagan will be the accompanist.

Slavic Male Chorus

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

From Peggy:  Bernie Cohen of our Bass section sings with this group, and it doesn’t conflict with our rehearsal!!

The Slavic Male Chorus of Washington
Monday, March 28.  6:00 PM and 7:30 pm
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20004
Information available at 202-783-3372:  Seating is limited.  Tickets are required, and are distributed one half-hour prior to performance, on a first-come-first-served policy.  One ticket to each person waiting in line.

Alexandria Band Concert

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

From Wendy K. Matthews, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Music:  The Alexandria Campus Band and Special Guests to Perform at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

The Alexandria Campus Band will present a family concert featuring the music of American composers on Friday, February 18 at 7:30 pm. in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus. The concert will feature two guest soloists, retired Army band trumpeter, Dr. Dennis Edlebrock, performing a fantasia on an authentic Civil War cornet and Ms. Lucy Holsonbake, Alexandria campus CST faculty, performing the historic poem Casey at the Bat.

Special guests will also include the acclaimed John Adams Elementary School Orff Ensemble, a group of young musicians playing a full range of unique Orff instruments and over fifty young instrumentalists from Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Elementary schools will perform side by side with the Alexandria Campus Band.

Admin: Concert Flyer (.pdf)

Summer Singing

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

From Chorister Grace:  Two items of possible vacation planning interest to our members from the newsletter below (linked) – the Chorus America’s annual June conference in San Francisco and the fact that most weeks of the Berkshire Choral Festival this summer still have openings.  I will be sure to mention this at the sectional today and at next Tuesday’s rehearsal, but perhaps you could also post the information on our web site.  The BCF web site for additional information about their open weeks is

I had a hard time deciding between the Monteverdi Vespers week and the week in Vancouver this year, but decided on Vancouver and would love to have fellow NOVA singers along as well!

Presentation Reception

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

From Chorister Mary:  Dear NOVA Chorus,

Sara Dudley Brown and Mary Yee are organizing a reception to follow Dr. Kathy Price’s talk at NOVA on Saturday, February 19.  (Sara and Mary sit in the soprano section.)

We’ll need a wide variety of foods for the reception.  Would you like to contribute a dish?  Because of lack of kitchen facilities, we are asking that your food contributions be finger foods that do not need refrigeration or heating.  We will also be serving coffee and soft drinks, and will have ice available.  Here are some ideas of what you might consider bringing.  Please let Sara or Mary know if you would like to contribute a dish and what the dish will be.

For further information, please see here (.pdf).

Research Presentation

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

From Chorister Mary: Dear NOVA Chorus,

Last spring many of the women of the NOVA Chorus participated in a research study being conducted by Kathy Kessler Price on the effects of aging on the female singing voice.  Kathy wrote her dissertation on this subject and earned her PhD in vocal pedagogy last fall.  (Kathy was the director of the NOVA Chorus before Mark, now lives and works in Kansas City, and also maintains a voice studio in McLean.)

Dr. Whitmire has graciously invited Kathy to come to NOVA to give a talk on her research.  That talk will be held on Saturday, February 19, at 3:00 pm in the NOVA chorus room.  The talk is free and open to the public, and you are invited to attend.  Attached is a flyer (.pdf) announcing the event.  Please feel free to post this flyer at other venues where you sing.

Because Mark had already scheduled a rehearsal of the NOVA Chorus women from 1:00 to 2:15, we are hoping all the chorus women (and men) can stay and attend Kathy’s presentation.

Immediately following Kathy’s talk will be a reception, which Sara Dudley Brown and I are organizing.  We welcome your contributions.  A separate message about the reception will go out shortly.

For this trip, Kathy had already been planning a recital of the students of her local private voice studio.  Mark has kindly offered the use of the chorus room for Kathy’s private studio recital too.  So, immediately following the reception, Kathy’s students will be singing in the studio recital.  You are welcome to stay for the studio recital, but that is not required.  😉  (We normally just perform for one another at the studio recitals; an audience would be a treat.)

We estimate that the schedule for the chorus room on 2/19 will look something like this:

NOVA Chorus rehearsal (women)                           1:00 – 2:15
Configure room for Kathy’s talk, set up refreshments    2:15 – 3:00
Kathy’s talk                                            3:00 – 4:15
Reception                                               4:15 – 5:15
Recital of Kathy’s private studio                       5:15 – 6:30 or so

Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you at Dr. Price’s talk on February 19!

Philip Cave Workshop

Monday, January 10th, 2011

From Chorister Peggy: For those of you who are interested in working on some choral music that we don’t ordinarily sing in NOVA Community Chorus, below is information on a workshop with Philip Cave in Richmond next weekend. I’ve been to similar workshops he’s given in the past, and have always found them rewarding and well worth the time.

Music for Court and Chapel by Taverner, Tallis, Byrd & Gibbons

A Chorworks one-day early choral workshop led by PHILIP CAVE
director of the English early music ensemble Magnificat and a founding member of The Tallis Scholars

SATURDAY, January 15, 2011 10:00am-6:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

Registration from 9:30am. Workshop 10:00am. Informal Concert at 5:00pm
General registration $50. Seniors $35. Students <25 yrs. $25.
Music provided online to registered participants.
Please register and read further information online at

Encore Chorale

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

From Chorister Peggy:   Vicki of our alto section thought you might be interested in these upcoming holiday season concerts:

From Chorister Vicki:  I also sing in another choir called Encore Chorale whereby members are age 55 and older.  There are three concerts which might be of interest to you.
–           Saturday: December 11, 3 P.M., Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carolyn Springs Road, Arlington.  We will sing a variety of Christmas music and a flute choir will also perform various arrangements.
–           Wednesday, December 15: noon Harman Center for the Arts, (happenings Theater, lower level), 610 F. street.  This performance will feature many members, of which I am one, of the Smithsonian Encore Chorale.  The flute choir will not perform during this concert but if you work in the downtown area, come and enjoy this concert which will last about 35 or 40 minutes .
–           Thursday: December 23, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.  Come and enjoy Christmas music from all the different chorales and if you arrive very early, plan to obtain a ticket for the free Messiah sing-along which will begin at 8 P.M. that evening.

Voice Recital

Friday, November 12th, 2010

From Chorister Peggy:   Sam Howell is a NOVA music major, and chorus baritone who is not singing with us this semester.  See the information below about his recital next Wednesday at 7:30 in the room we rehearse in, with Chris Hagan on the piano.

From Accompanist Chris:  Could you send an announcement out to the chorus about Sam Howell’s voice recital, which is next Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 in Room 130?  He’s been in the chorus, studies w/ Rex Gori, I’m going to be accompanying him.  It’s going to be a wonderful performance and it would be great to support him.

J. Reilly Lewis Messiah

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

(11/6/2010) From Chorister Fred:  Singers,
This is THE Messiah singalong you want to participate in. J. Reilly Lewis, conductor of several major choral groups (Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, etc.) has presented this work in his own church* for the last 38 years. Professional orchestra and soloists, too!! You’ll be surrounded by hundreds of first class singers.

Hints: It is always sold out so go early and find your friends from NOVA Chorus.
Besides, there is usually a little concert before the main attraction.
Oh, yes – a reception after.
Check out the attached poster (.pdf).
suggested donation is $20 to help out with the professional singers and orchestra

How great it is to just sing this work without attending any rehearsals. If you have never sung it before or once or twice or what seems like a million times, it’s for you. Bring friends who can’t sing. What better way to experience a great work than in live, HD, high fidelity surround sound.

*Clarendon United Methodist church
606 North Irving
Arlington, VA 2220

Cathedral Sings

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

(10/31/2010) From Chorister Fred:  Cathedral Sings: the Faure Requiem conducted by Reilly Lewis
Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 7:30 pm
Washington National Cathedral

At the above address the price is $10 but it is $11 when you click on the link to purchase a ticket on line. You can bring your own music or I believe that you can rent the music there for a fee. I always park about 2 blocks away and walk to the Cathedral but there is an underground parking lot and some next to the door if you are REALLY early.

You can make it a really full afternoon with the other events just before the sing along:
1:30 PM  Close-up Tour: Gothic Architecture – $5
3:30 PM The Fairfax Choral Society of Fairfax, VA sings a choral prelude to Evensong.
4:00 PM Choral Evensong

Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, preacher. The Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls.

5:15 PM Organ Recital: Sergio Militello with guest organist Sergio Militello of Florence, Italy $10 donation suggested

Berkshire Choral Festival

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

From Chorister Grace:  The Berkshire Choral Festival has opened its online applications for the 2011 summer season.  The web site is  The 2011 season includes one week in Vancouver, June 15-23, performing Voices of Light with the Anonymous 4 and conductor Tom Hall; 4 consecutive one-week sessions in Sheffield, Massachusetts, starting July 10th and including Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Monteverdi Vespers and conductors such as Robert Page and Kent Tritle; and one week in Salzburg, Austria, September 9-18, performing Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brucker with conductor Thomas Bottcher.  An audition CD is required for the Monteverdi week.  Music and rehearsal CDs are sent out in the spring and the one week session is spent on polishing the nuances.  Choristers have most afternoons free to sight-see in the local area, with rehearsals scheduled in the morning and evening.  BCF also offers opportunities for scholarships as well as apprenticeships for those studying for degrees (undergraduate or graduate) in music.


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

From Chorister Bill: is a website for choral singers.  In the two years that I have been using the site, I have found several interesting, helpful articles.  Some of the articles are “open access”, others require that you be a subscriber ($19.95/yr) in order to open them.

SingerNetwork is just launching a video series on IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for singers.  IPA is a useful tool for choral conductors and singers, and this seems like a painless way to learn more about it.  The series will be using examples from Handel’s Messiah to illustrate the information about IPA.  The first video on IPA is “open access”; it is purely introductory.  I do not know if the subsequent instructional videos will be “open access” or for subscribers (I suspect the latter).  In any event, I thought I would pass this information along in the event that some of you might be interested.

Saturday Performance

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

From Chorister Peggie:  Here’s information about a Saturday performance featuring Grace Gori, former NOVA faculty member and wife of current NOVA faculty member and our Judas Maccabeus baritone soloist, Aurelius Gori.  [More information can be found at]

Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know about a fun evening of music, dance and poetry coming up this Saturday night at the GALA-Tivoli Theater.  I’ll be helping the In Series celebrate its 10th anniversary as an independent arts series here in the DC area.  The evening’s potpourri of performances will include highlights from these years, representing a sampler of the many great performances In Series has produced during this time.   Myself, I’ll be singing one of the duets from Cosí fan tutte goes Hollywood, a quintet from Die Zauberflöte, and the card trio from Carmen…not to mention enjoying the performances of my many other talented colleagues!

It should be a great time; let me know if you can make it!

Thanks and Happy October —
Grace Gori

Band Concert This Thursday

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I know everyone enjoyed the fine concert by Chris and her brother last night. It would be wonderful to extend the musical week and come to the band concert this Thursday night. The band is being joined by the Prince William concert band and two fine soloist from the Military Bands–Clarinet and Percussion. The percussion soloists plays Flight of the Bumble Bee faster than any one I have ever heard!  Concert is at 7:30 pm. and will be finished around 9:30  pm. Thanks -W

Wendy K. Matthews, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Music

Free Tickets for Cathedral Choral Society

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

From Chorister Jane:
French Connections – Sunday, October 17 at 4 p.m. – Washington National Cathedral

This coming Sunday spend the late afternoon with us and our Maestro Reilly Lewis at Washington National Cathedral – the sixth largest cathedral in the world – enjoying the sound of the magnificent Great Organ, which can be experienced nowhere else in our city, letting your senses wrap themselves in the glorious light fading through the stained glass windows and playing off the soaring columns, as your ears are filled with the lushly beautiful sounds of choral gems from France and Belgium in our opening concert French Connections….

And, here’s the deal. If you have never been to our concerts before to experience this glorious music in this glorious setting, we’ll give you two free tickets! What could be better than this free, absolutely no-risk offer? Hurry because it will be limited to the first 200 people to take us up on it!

For more information, click here.