Sounds of the Northern Virginia Chorale


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Please explore our featured performance audio samples, highlighting many of the Northern Virginia Chorale’s past concerts. We perform from a wide variety of musical genres often with outstanding soloists and orchestral accompaniment, which is reflected in our concerts featured on this page. 

Each group of headers is organized by year, and then by the month in which the concert was performed on the black dividing bars, which opens to reveal the concert program description when clicked on, along with several audio samples.  You will also find a link at the bottom of each concert description to our CD ordering page, where there is a form with mailing instructions to use in placing your orders for CD choices, from Bandman Music.

You may also watch some of our past concert performances on our YouTube Channel, at the following link:

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March 2019 Concert


Concert: “Light and Joy” March 2019


Light and Joy Concert Program Cover showing sun rays and singers with uplifted arms


The Chorale presented a concert of light and joy and majestic choral music, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux,” an a capella motet from his “Lux Aeterna, along with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.  This beautiful choral music provided an evening of spirited singing and poignant harmonies!

Read more about Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,  in this description from the San Francisco Choral Society. You can also learn about Morten Lauridsen’s life and music on this website:

CDs for this concert are available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form provided on our CD ordering page.

Beethoven’sOde to Joy”
Instrumental piano intro, followed by featured soloists and the NV Chorale
(25-minute duration)
“O Nata Lux”
From the Lux Aeterna

Composer, Morten Lauridsen
“The Ground”
From the Sunrise Mass
Composer, Ola Gjeilo

May 2019 Concert


Concert: “A Little Light Music” — May 2019


For our Spring 2019 concert, we highlighted the music of Stephen Sondheim, award-winning American composer and lyricist. Our May concert program also included a salute of selections from George Cohan, folk music, spirituals, and pop.  This concert was followed by our popular, end-of-season dessert and savories reception in St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.

CDs for this concert are available from Bandman Music. Please use the order form featured on our CD ordering page.

“A Cohan Salute!”
“Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Mary’s a Grand Old Name,”
“Harrigan,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag”
Composer: George M. Cohan | Arranged by, Don Besig
“Down to the River to Pray”
American Gospel | Arranged by, Robert Lee
“Sondheim: A Choral Celebration”
“Comedy Tonight” (A Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forum)
Hubert Fry, Ann Webb, Dick Marvin, Tanya Hoffman
“Into the Woods”  | Soloists: Regina Gilbert, Alan Moser, Sarah Bachmann, Kim  Amenabar  | Putting It Together” (Sunday in the Park with George)
Danielle Hull  | “Not While I’m Around” (Sweeney Todd, The Demon  Barber of Fleet Street) Soloist: Blanche Powell  |  “Losing My Mind” (Follies)
Tanya Hoffman  |  Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)
(Company)  “The Little Things You Do Together”(Company)  Soloist: Blanche Powell  | “Being Alive”(Company)  Soloist: Tanya Hoffman.


November 2019 Concert


“Carmina Burana” — November 2019
Guest Appearance at the R.M. Schlesinger Concert Hall



The Chorale performed Carmina Burana alongside the New Dominion Choraliers, accompanied by the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra for the NOVA Community College, at the Reunion Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Season Celebration, held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, in Alexandria.  The concert was titled, “The Ultimate Celebration!” 

The program featured the classical symphony pieces, Giuseppe Verdi’s LaForza del Destino;  the passionate Polovtsian Dances No. 17, from Act II of Aleksandr Borodin’s famous Russian opera, “Prince Igor;” and Samson and Delilah Opus 47, Danse Bacchanale,” by Camille Saint-Saens.  Several movements from Carmina Burana were performed by the choruses, and the program ended with a beautiful rendition and arrangement by conductor, Christopher Johnston, of America the Beautiful.

CDs may be ordered for this concert from RonArt associates Recordingsby downloading the CD order form with instructions, shown below.

The Ultimate Celebration Program Cover


December 2019 Holiday Concert


Holiday Concert: “Gloria!” — December 2019


Gloria Holiday Concert program with Angel and Gold horns


This concert featured a full evening of wonderful holiday music that took the audience around the world, performing various renditions on theGloria!”  theme.  The concert opened with a brass ensemble and the Processional, “Once in Royal David’s City;” followed by Recitatives from Handel, and selections from the Handel Messiah.  The concert continued with other Glorias from Kenya and South America, as well as three movements from composer John Rutter’s own Gloria.

The second half of our holiday concert featured several traditional carols sung by both the Chorale and audience, including, “O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Let it Snow!”  We also performed popular Hanukkah music selections played by the brass ensemble.  The finale included our traditional audience sing-along of three well known holiday carols, and ended with yet another Gloria, by Lloyd Larsen.

This concert would make a great choice for your holiday CD collection!  Please visit our CD Ordering page to place an order with Bandman Music.


“Cristmas Gloria” by Lloyd Larson
Chorale and Brass
Gloria fromMissa Kenya” by Paul Basler
Soloist Danny Cabrejos, tenor
Recitatives and Gloria from Handel’sMessiah”
Soloist Tanya Hoffman, soprano
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
with Fanfare. Chorale and Audience
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
by Cahn/Styne/Beck



May 2018 Dessert Concert


Annual Dessert Concert: “Joyful Spring Delights” — April 2018


Our 2017/2018 Season ended with our ever-popular annual dessert concert—a varied program of lighter choral selections from Broadway, to folk, pop, and more, which included the West Side Story Suite
and music from Candide in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday year. Five Hebrew Love Songs by Erik Whitacre, and Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, along with a variety of folk songs rounded out our selections.

The evening concluded with desserts and savories in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.   
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“Flight Song”
Music by Kim Andre Arnesen; Words by Euan Tait
From Five Hebrew Love SongsHebrew Love Song IV,Snow”
Music by Erik Whitacre; Words by Hila Plitmann
From West Side Story Suite — “I Feel Pretty,”Cool,” and “America”
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
From West Side Story Suite — “Maria,” “One Hand, One Heart”
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


December 2018 Holiday Concert


Holiday Concert: “A Holiday Celebration” — December 2018



The marvelous acoustics of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church provided a wonderful setting for several choral selections from Vivaldi’s Magnificat, accompanied by a string ensemble, at our 2018 Holiday Celebration concert. The Chorale performed a variety of traditional holiday selections including pieces by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen; the French carol, Masters In This Hall, along with several other well known festive carols, finishing with our popular audience sing-along, and Christmas in Three Quarter Time.

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Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat
Featured soloists:
Blanche Powell, soprano; Stephanie Stock alto; Matthew Burke, tenor
“O Magnum Mysterium”
Composer: Morten Lauridsen

“For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beautiful, O Magnum Mysterium text, depicting the birth of the new-born King amongst the lowly animals and shepherds. This affirmation of God’s grace to the meek and the adoration of the Blessed Virgin are celebrated in my setting through a quiet song of profound inner joy.”
“Masters In This Hall”
French Carol written circa 1860, by William Morris
“I Saw Three Ships”
Traditional English Carol | Arranged by John Rutter


March 2017 Concert


Concert: “Cathedral Classics” — March 2017


Cathedral Classics Concert CD Cover with colorful stained glass window and silhouette of conductor in front.

The fine acoustics of St. Mark’s provided the perfect atmosphere for an evening of masterworks in “Cathedral Classics
.”  In a program that stretched across three centuries—from Henry Purcell to Maurice Duruflé—to selections from Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others, the Chorale performed classic choral pieces created for cathedral settings.  We were also joined by the young singers of the NVCC Annandale Chorale again, for this concert.

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Requiem (Op. 9), Introit
by Maurice Duruflé

Vesperae Soelnnes de Confessore (K.339)
Dixit Dominus (Psalm 10)
by W.A. Mozart

“Lift Thine Eyes” from Elijah
by Felix Mendelssohn

“He, Watching Over Israel”
from Elijah
by Felix Mendelssohn

May 2017 Concert


Concert: “A Grand Night for Singing”  May 2017


An evening of Broadway, Opera, and Popular Americana and Gospel Music

Our Spring 2017 Season concluded with a varied program of light choral selections that featured music from Broadway show favorites by Rogers and Hammerstein,  including  “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music, along with other popular pieces, and some wonderful Cuban and Gospel music. 

The Chorale was joined by a very special guest, the beautiful soprano soloist, Edrie Means Weekly.  She is a nationally recognized expert in opera, and professional career singer both on and off-Broadway, as well as in film and television specials.

Students from the NVCC Annandale Chorale sang with us again, performing their own collection of contemporary and traditional works. Our evening concluded with desserts in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.

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“What a Wonderful World”
George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Arranged by: Mark A. Brymer
“Never Walk Alone” and “Climb Every Mountain”
From: Carousel and The Sound of Music
Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein

Arranged by: Mark Hayes
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing”
From: State Fair
Composers: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“If I Loved You”
Guest soloist: Edrie Means Weekly
Composers: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

November 2017 Concert


Concert: “We Remember Them” — November 2017


We Remember Them concert program cover with blue dove

Special Performance in Commemoration of All Saints Day

This special concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church featured a variety of music that included Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and Douglas McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata.

The Chorale presented the hauntingly beautiful, Requiem for the Living, accompanied by organ and chamber ensemble; and “We Remember Them” from Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata, along with spirituals and other choral selections.

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“We Remember Them”
Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer
Holocaust Memorial Song
“Deep River”
American Gospel song
From Requiem for the Living: “Vanitas Vanitatum”
“Sing me to Heaven”

December 2017 Holiday Concert


Holiday Concert: “Selections from Handel’s Messiah”
— December 2017



The glorious acoustics of St. Mark’s provided the perfect setting for the Chorale’s presentation, “Selections from Handel’s Messiah” during the 2017 Holiday Season. The performance featured professional soloists with an orchestral accompaniment, and the Chorale invited audience participation in its traditional carol sing-along at the end of the program.

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*Note: The original concert date was changed from December 9th, to December 17th.


Messiah: Sinfony
G.F. Handel
Messiah: And the Glory of the Lord
G.F. Handel
Messiah: And He Shall Purify
G.F. Handel
Messiah: The Hallelujah Chorus
G.F. Handel



March 2016 Concert



Concert: “An Evening with Mozart” — March 2016


An Evening with Mozart Concert Program cover image

The Chorale devoted this evening to experience the solemnity and emotional richness of the Mozart Requiem, which continues to engage audiences today. We hope you enjoyed our pairing of this moving work with more lighthearted instrumental pieces, for a truly delightful, allMozart program! 

The Chorale performed these works with the NVCC Annandale Chorale, as well as a quartet of soloists, and an orchestra.

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Mozart:  Requiem Mass

Mozart: Requiem Benedictus

Mozart: Eine Klein Nachtmusik
“A Little Night Music” —Movement: Allegro I

Mozart: Eine Klein Nachtmusik
“A Little Night Music” —Movement: Romanza II

Ave Verum Corpus 


May 2016 Concert


Concert: “Love, Laughter and Song”  May 2016


Love, Laughter and Song Concert program cover image

A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Choral Conductor, Robert Shaw

The Chorale celebrated the 100th birthday of the noted American choral conductor Robert Shaw, with “Love, Laughter and Song.”  This concert celebrated some of Shaw’s distinctive arrangements of folk songs and spirituals, along with Broadway and pop favorites.  Once again, we were joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale, and the evening concluded with our ever-popular reception with a delicious array of desserts.

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 December  2016 Concert


Concert: “Holiday Delights” — December 2016


Holiday Delights Concert Program cover image

Featuring Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Midnight Mass for Christmas”

In his Midnight Mass for Christmas Baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier sets Latin liturgical text to traditional French Christmas carols. The Chorale performed this charming, dance-like sacred work accompanied by orchestra and vocal soloists, in this delightful seasonal holiday concert.

We were also joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale in performing an assortment of Hannukah songs, as well as for our traditional audience sing-along of favorite holiday carols!

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 “Jesu, Sleep, In Heavenly Peace”
(Based on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Silent Night, Holy Night)
J. S. Bach, Franz Gruber
Translated by John F. Young; Arranged by Douglass Vagner
Midnight Mass for Christmas — Movement: “Gloria”
Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier | Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock
Sopranos: Blanche Powell and Mickey Fuson; Alto: Ann Webb; Tenors: Jerry  Hoffman, Mike Hoobchaadk, Dick Marvin and Lucas Mockabee; Bass: David Brundage, Tim Larson and Alan Moser 

 Midnight Mass for Christmas Movement: “Kyrie
“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Composer: Mel Torme, Robert Wells | Arranged by Mark Hayes



March 2015 Concert


Concert: “Music Hath Charms” — March, 2015


The Chorale performed an evening and celebration of French and Austrian choral works featuring the uplifting Fauré Requiem, and Mozart’s Ave Verum and Benedictus Sit Deus, with an orchestral accompaniment. The program also included Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racin.

The NOVA– Annandale Chorale presented selected motets.

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Cantique de Jean Racine
by Gabriel Fauré
Requiem 1
by Gabriel Fauré
Requiem 2
by Gabriel Fauré
Requiem 3
by Gabriel Fauré

May 2015 Concert


Concert: “A Tribute to America” — May, 2015


The Chorale honored our country with a program of all-American music from Broadway and the movies, and also included Aaron Copland’s “Promise of Living.”  The Copland work, a hymn of gratitude, is especially appropriate as we pay tribute to our military members, both veterans and current, on Armed Forces Day with this and a medley of service songs.

Instrumentalists and guest soloists performed with the NV Chorale, along with the NOVA–Annandale Chorale.  After the concert, the chorale and guests enjoyed their popular annual dessert array, in the Fellowship Hall.

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November 2015 Concert


Concert: “Let Freedom Ring” November 13th, 2015

A concert in Conjunction with the NOVA Reunion Music Society

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A celebration of American history featuring two significant composers and pieces, among other great choral and orchestral works, including:

Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with lyrics written by American songwriter, Julia Ward Howe in 1861, that were  based upon “John Brown’s Body” (music written by William Steffe, in 1856).

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Pricing: Audio CD $13.00 ($12.22, plus a $.78 cent tax.)


December 2015 Holiday Concert


Holiday Concert: “A Festive Fanfare”— December, 2015
Featuring “Carol Fest” by James Laster


The Chorale’s 2015 Holiday concert celebrated the music of the season with the jubilant sounds of two world-renowned, contemporary American composers.  “Carol Fest”  by James Laster, and “Magnificat”  by Rob Landes, were each performed with the accompaniment of our brass ensemble.

The ensemble also treated the audience to beautiful instrumental holiday music, and the Chorale was joined by students from the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Chorale, who also performed holiday carols.  The evening was topped off with  our traditional carol sing-along, with our audience.

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Hallelujah, Amen
Carol Fest
by James Laster
by Rob Landes
Magnifcat 3
by Rob Landes
Carol of the Bells
Traditional instrumental



March 2014 Concert


Masterworks Concert:
“Music for the Chapel Royal”— March, 2014


For our annual Masterworks Concert, the Chorale celebrated a “royal presence” with regal music from Europe and Great Britain.  Musical selections included the Coronation Anthems by Henry Purcell and George Frederic Handel, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among other crowning glories!

The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale, and was accompanied by a small chamber orchestra as well as guest soloists, for this eventful production.

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George Frederick Händel:
Movement 1, “Allegro” from the Water Music Suite in D Major
George Frederick Händel:
Movement 2, “Hornpipe” from the Water Music Suite in D Major
George Frederick Händel:
Movement 3, “King” from the Water Music Suite in D Major
George Frederick Händel:
Coronation Anthem: “The King Shall Rejoice”
Wolfgang Mozart
The Coronation Mass: “Gloria”
Wolfgang Mozart
The Coronation Mass: “Finale”

May 2014 Concert


Concert: “Movie Magic”— May, 2014


Movie Magic Concert Program cover featuring Broadway favorites images
Annual Pops Dessert Concert

In the final concert of the Spring 2014 Season, “Movie Magic”  the Chorale presented favorite selections from the silver screen, featuring music from Les Misérables, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), choral selections from Sondheim, and “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among other Broadway favorites!

We were joined once again by the Chris Johnston Trio.  Afterwards, the audience and Chorale gathered in the Fellowship Hall to share in our ever-popular dessert reception.

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Selections from: Les Misérables
Composed by: Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by Alan Boubl
“Moon River”
(from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Composer: Henry Mancini
Stephen Sondheim:Comedy Tonight”

December 2014 Holiday Concert


Holiday Concert: “A Day for Dancing” — December, 2014



Capturing the joy of the season, the Chorale presented Lloyd Pfautsch’s lilting, “A Day for Dancing,”  featuring a woodwind trio and percussion.  Dancers performed “The Dance of Announcement” and “The Dance of Gifts,”  among others.  French carols, Hannukah songs, and popular music of the season also highlighted our program, as the NV Chorale was joined by the NOVA-Annandale Chorale.  Following our tradition, the combined choirs and instrumentalists led the audience in our traditional sing-along at the end of this program.


March 2013 Concert

“Masters of Melody: An Evening with Verdi and Wagner”

The Chorale joined two other choirs for this performance, held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall



On May 3rd, 2013, the Chorale performed with the NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra, joined by the NOVA–Annandale Chorale, and the NOVA–Alexandria Choir, in the magnificent Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi and Wagner, with a selection of their master works!

This concert was a classic for those who enjoy inspired opera music, in an inspiring setting.

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Phone: (703) 362-5373
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May 2013 Concert


Concert: “American Journeys” — May, 2013



The Chorale performed their March concert with a theme focused on America, joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale and soloist, Daryl Duff.  The Chorale invited audience members to, “travel across the United States on a musical journey, featuring blues from the Mississippi Delta, and reminisce with songs that recall the sights across the nation, found along Route 66!  In a grand finale, arrive with us at our final destination, to the city that never sleeps —“New York, New York”— as we celebrate the rhythms of Broadway!”

Unfortunately, CD recordings were not available for this concert.


December 2013 Holiday Concert


“A Ceremony of Carols: Britten and the Brits”

Benjamin Britten

The Chorale’s 2013 holiday celebration commemorated The 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s Birth, with a performance of “A Ceremony of Carols,” one of his best known works.  The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale to sing holiday works by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Harold Darke.  Combined choirs and instrumentalists joined in the grand finale for the our joyful sing-along, culminating with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah.

To place an order for this CD, please contact RonArt Associates first, to find out about the availability of the CD, at:

RonArt associates Recordings
Phone: (703) 362-5373
Cost: Audio CDs are $13.00 ($12.22, plus a $.78 cent tax.)



March 2012 Concert


Concert: “A Celtic Celebration” — March 2012



The Chorale celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a selection of Irish folk songs, and a musical trip to “Finian’s Rainbow.” Celtic instruments, including a harp, accompanied the Chorale along with soloists for these, and other fine works.  A dessert reception was held following the concert.


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Old Irish Blessing
Traditional Words – Music by Denes Agay
(Sung by combined choirs


May 2012 Concert

Concert: “Serenade with Strings” — May 2012



On May 19th, 2012 the Chorale performed “Serenade with Strings.”  A chamber orchestra opened our final concert of the season with a beautiful serenade from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (Serenade in G), followed by the Chorale’s performance of two masterworks, Bach’s Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and Schubert’s “Mass in G Major.”  We also held a drawing for some great door prizes which were generously donated by various sponsors.

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Featured Soloists:
Mandy Harper, soprano
Julia Brundage, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Haughton, tenor
David Brundage, bass

Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden
Verse IV, Chorus
J.S. Bach
Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden
Verse VII, Chorus
J.S. Bach
Mass in G, Movement II, “Gloria”
Franz Schubert
Mass in G, Movement III, “Credo”
Franz Schubert


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