LCPS Music Department

Loudoun County Public Schools Music Department

LCPS offers a comprehensive music program through the 12th grade with award winning Band, Choral, Guitar and Orchestra programs. Loudoun is recognized by the NAMM foundation as a "Best Community for Music Education" andwas recently recognized by the Guitar Foundation of America for the quality of its guitar program. Music Supervisor: Michael E. Pierson 571.252.1420 Music Specialist: Elaine Stanford

Mission: A Climate For Success

[05/10/19]   LCPS SECONDARY MUSIC PROGRAMS RECEIVE VMEA BLUE RIBBON AWARDS AND HONOR BAND AWARDS

Nine LCPS schools have received the VMEA (Virginia Music Educators Association) Blue Ribbon Award. In order to receive this award, one ensemble from band, chorus, and orchestra in each school must receive a superior rating in Assessment. The Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018-2019 are:

Brambleton Middle School
Eagle Ridge Middle School
J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
River Bend Middle School
Broad Run High School
Briar Woods High School
Dominion High School
Freedom High School
Rock Ridge High School

In order to receive Honor Band status, a band must display a superior performance in both marching band and concert band. The ten LCPS schools which have received this award for 2018-2019 are:

Briar Woods High School
Broad Run High School
Dominion High School
Freedom High School
John Champe High School
Park View High School
Riverside High School
Rock Ridge High School
Stone Bridge High School
Tuscarora High School

[04/29/19]   LCPS Jazz Ensemble Assessment and All-District XVI Jazz Ensembles

The LCPS Jazz Assessment and All-District XVI Jazz Ensembles will take place at Briar Woods HS on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2019.

The middle school jazz bands will perform in assessment on Friday, May 3rd and the high school jazz bands on Saturday, May 4th. The All-District XVI Jazz Ensembles (both middle and high school) will perform in concert on Saturday evening at 7pm in the Briar Woods HS Auditorium. The conductor the High School Jazz Ensemble is Mr. Jim Carroll. Ms. Amy Birdsong is the conductor for the Middle School Jazz Ensemble.

All are invited to attend any part of the LCPS Jazz event and admission is free.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Friday
5:30 p.m. Eagle Ridge Middle School Jazz 1
6:00 p.m. J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Jazz
6:30 p.m. Smart’s Mill Middle School Jazz Band
7:00 p.m. Seneca Ridge Middle School Jazz Band
7:30 p.m. Harmony Middle School Jazz Band

Saturday
9:00 a.m. Riverside High School Jazz Band
9:30 a.m. John Champe High School Jazz Band
10:00 a.m. Woodgrove High School Jazz Combo
10:30 a.m. Tuscarora High School Jazz Ensemble
11:00 a.m. Stone Bridge High School Blue Jazz Lab
11:30 a.m. Briar Woods High School 2
12:00 p.m. Woodgrove High School Jazz Band
1:30 p.m. Potomac High School Jazz Ensemble
2:00 p.m. Stone Bridge High School Silver Jazz Lab
2:30 p.m. Dominion High School Jazz Ensemble
3:00 p.m. Loudoun County High School Jazz Band
3:30 p.m. Loudoun Valley High School Viking Jazz
4:00 p.m. Stone Bridge High School Jazz Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Freedom High School Jazz Ensemble
5:00 p.m. Briar Woods High School Jazz Ensemble I

[04/29/19]   ALL-COUNTY ELEMENTARY CHORUS FRIDAY & SATURDAY

On Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2019, approximately 180 fifth grade students, representing each elementary school in Loudoun County will participate in the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) All-County Elementary Chorus festival at Park View High School.

Esteemed guest clinician Marsha B. Barley will conduct them. Parents and community members are invited to attend the culminating concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Park View High School auditorium.
Admission is free.

Ms. Barley was a public school music educator for 34 years having taught at every level. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she teaches and supervises student teachers. She recently chaired the Bland Contest for the Winchester Host Lions Club. Marsh enjoys gardening and walking her Parson Russell Terrier, Pepper. She and her husband, Dale, reside in Winchester. VA.

VA ACDA MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS CHOIR

52 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) middle school students were selected for the ACDA Middle School Honors Chorus to be held Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6, 2019. This group is sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.

Belmont Ridge Middle School
Rebecca Duggan
Talia Lytle
Noah Mayrides

Blue Ridge Middle School
Sophia Arbab
Josephine Wade

Eagle Ridge Middle School
Anika Ganesan
Kaia Greene
Jazmin Gullion
Erik Scharpf
Tori Shockley
Pragyaa Singh
Shaurya Singh
Kavya Smart

Harmony Middle School
Alessandra Amos
Breanna Burress
Aubrey Coates
Lily Eddy
Travis Gahaffer
Samantha Huffer
Sophie Mason
Luke Murtaugh
Eliza Prymak
Brielle Schermerhorn

Harper Park Middle School
Brady Berlin
Neve Holloway
Hadley Jones

JL Simpson Middle School
Emma Wride

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Madeline Amme
Swetha Bharat
Arushi Chaturvedi
Allison Connors
Mary Corej
Sarah Foard
Manasvini Iyer
Aashna Patel
Natalia Shane

River Bend Middle School
Miriam Aslam
Ani Dykes
Riley Freck
Annika Godston

Seneca Ridge Middle School
Brynn Hunter

Smart's Mill Middle School
Aurora Neumiller
Ava Peach
Dillan Vanzego

Stone Hill Middle School
Ananya Akula
Danny Fortuno
Siddhita Krishnan
Ayush Marwaha
Roshan Mohanty
Corinne Prieto
Sannidhi Sangisetti

Trailside Middle School
Victoria Din

Alternates include:
Nicole Burroughs, HMS
Mary Kate Connor, TSMS
Bianca Guardado, SRMS
Lauren Ignazzitto, RBMS
Amaris Paranjattu, JLSMS
Amy, Tashiro, BRMS

56 LCPS STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN ALL-VA BAND, CHORUS, AND ORCHESTRA ON APRIL 4-6 IN RICHMOND.

Concerts will be held at The Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Concerts are as follows: Concert Band, 11:00; Symphonic Band, 12:15; Orchestra, 1:30; SSAA Chorus, 3:00; SATB Chorus, 3:45.

Briar Woods High School
Liam Barron
Samantha Hilario
Brody Minnick
Deepti Narayanan
Paul Na
Derek Yu

Broad Run High School
Alex Dumouchelle
Ryan Lynch
Victoria Ok

Dominion High School
John Calma
Christopher Goodhart
Marie Knight
Ayumi Tsuyuki
Soe Wunna

Freedom High School
Justin Abel
Andrew Byerle
Joshua Lee
Julian Lee
Kahley Mitchell
Aydyn O'Brien
Eshaan Rawat
Ethan Van Slyke
Brennan Wood

Heritage High School
Jeremy Raecke
Lyndsay Snider
Ben Stone

John Champe High School
Hailey DeVol
Lexi Tenny

Loudoun County High School
Paige Elmquist

Loudoun Valley High School
Andrew Burks
Cole Sheffer
Grace Templeton
Justin Zhang

Park View High School
Matthew, Chesnutt
Jason Utgaard

Potomac Falls High School
Abigail Asuncion
Molly Lum
Alexander Rice
Clara Salazar
Rachel Sedlak

Riverside High School
Alexa Ramirez

Rock Ridge High School
Sean Chung
Lauren Janoschka
Ian Underhill

Stone Bridge High School
Andrew Fuerst
James Good
Nyla Ortiz
Bethany Shears
Andrea Stefanyshyn
Emma Thorn

Tuscarora High School
Jordyn Anthony

Woodgrove High School
Colleen Clark
Hazel Clinard
Julia Condie
Annie French
Savannah Geiger

Alternates include:
Matthew Cahill, DHS
Jordan Codella, BRHS
Harrison Douglass, FHS
Joshua Finger, LCHS
JJ Hensley, THS
Lauren Leppert, JCHS
Carson Manternach, RRHS
Munsell, Lukas, FHS
Jacquelyn Olivera, SBHS
Gideon Osei, FHS
Chloe Powell, RSHS
Meredith Scarboro, RRHS
Tanvi Thatai, PFHS
Vikas Venuthurupalli, RRHS
Lillian Williams, LCHS
Nico Zavala, RRHS

LCPS Music Department

Loudoun County Schools Music Department has once again been recognized as a Best Community for Music Education! So proud of the work all of our music teachers do for our students in LCPS!

[03/24/19]   LCPS All-County Orchestra
March 29 & 30 at BWHS

The 2019 All-County Orchestra Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Briar Woods High School.

Admission to the concert is free and it is open to the general public.

Over 200 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students successfully auditioned for the 2019 All-County Orchestra. Rehearsals and workshops will be Friday, March 29 through Saturday, March 30 at Briar Woods High School. The event features two outstanding orchestras under the direction of Dr. Mitchell Arnold, West Virginia University and Michelle Milligan, director of orchestras at Gainesville Middle School.

The world premiere of “Diversis Viribus,” a commissioned work for the celebration of 15 years of string education in LCPS, will also be featured in the concert. The selection was composed by Jeffrey Bishop. Carrie Albers, orchestra director at Farmwell Station Middle School and Broad Run High School, will conduct this commissioned work.

[03/17/19]   LCPS High School Guitar Festival
March 22 at LCHS & March 23 at HHS featuring World Premier of commissioned composition

The World Premiere of Heart, Soul and Passion will be featured at the opening concert of the 2019 LCPS Guitar Festival and Assessment. Heart, Soul and Passion is an original composition written by Patrick Roux that was commissioned for this guitar festival. The opening concert will take place on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm at Loudoun High School and will feature Patrick Roux (conducting the original work), Julio Ribeiro Alves, Stephen Lochbaun, and Ryan Book. The concert is free and open to the public. The event continues Saturday, March 23 at Heritage High School.

LCPS guitar students will be coached and be adjudicated by these artists on Saturday, March 23 as part of the festival. Students will also attend clinics during the day. These will feature Patricia Winter (Music Therapy), Fiaza Alam (Entrepreneurism), Leilani Dade (Musicology), and Zebulon Turrentine (Guitar Maker).

Patrick Roux graduated from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Gatineau. He has won awards in prestigious competitions, including first place in the Canadian National Guitar Competition in 1989, second place in the Concours International de Duo de Guitare Classique de Montélimar (France) in 1992 and third place in the D'Addario Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in 1983. At the outset of the 1990s, Patrick began to develop a strong interest in composition. Since then, he has continued to produce works published by Les Productions d'Oz, distributed internationally and performed by leading musicians around the world. Patrick was a founding member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet and of the G8 guitar octet. He has been heard many times on the radio and has appeared as guest soloist with many well-known orchestras and chamber music groups. He has also played for dignitaries such as the queen of Jordan, the princess of Holland, and the prime minister and governor general of Canada. Patrick has taught guitar classes at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Gatineau since 1985, as well as being a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music since 1993. Since 1996, he has taught at the summer Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy. In 2006, he founded the Guitare Alla Grande festival.

Dr. Júlio Ribeiro Alves earned a D.M. degree in Guitar Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University, a M.M. degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and a B.M. degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Brasília in his native country Brazil. He currently teaches at Marshall University where he is responsible for overseeing the guitar area and directing the M.U. Guitar Ensemble. He regularly performs as a solo player, as a member of the Violauta Duo, the Duo Alves, the Violautalino Trio, and in other chamber music settings. His programs feature music from various ethnicities and historical periods. In the past, he was a member of the Duo Grilo-Ribeiro, with guitarist Eustáquio Grilo, and the Duo Caesar, with guitarist Júlio de Alexandria Cruz. He has performed in diverse venues in countries such as Brazil, USA, Costa Rica, Spain, and Italy.

Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at the late age of 18 and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a Master’s degree from the University of Victoria, won the National Music Festival of Canada, and had the immense honor of performing with the legendary guitarist Pepe Romero as well as Alexander Dunn and Randy Pile. Shortly after graduation Stephen had his radio debut on CBC Radio 1 performing Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. Currently Stephen is working on a doctoral degree in performance at the University of North Texas where he was awarded a full-time teaching fellowship. He has performed in the Boston Early Music festival with UNT and various early music societies and groups in Dallas/Fort Worth. Over the last four years he has earned thirty top prizes in international competitions in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Spain. He recently won a contract with EMEC Discos and will record a CD of Guilio Regondi in Madrid.

Known for his expressive tone, dynamic lyricism, and thoughtful musical interpretations, Ryan Book is frequently sought after as a performer, teacher and collaborator. In 2011 Ryan traveled with the Long Leaf Cultural Ensemble to Warrenpoint, Ireland where two of his original compositions, "The Thirsty Desert," and the "Bleeding Pines of Turpentine" were premiered for the annual Maiden of The Mourn Festival. Recent performance opportunities have included recitals at the Weymouth Center for the Arts, Radford University, Marshall University, Northern Ireland, Sandhills Community College, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. In 2010, Ryan accepted the position as music instructor at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina and is also Chair of the Department Fine Arts. Since 2012, he has organized the annual SCC Guitar Performing Artist series, inviting some of the world’s preeminent international guitarist to work with guitar students and perform for the Sandhills.

[03/10/19]   Congratulations to Tim Niebergall and the PFHS Symphonic Band!

Music for All Announces Ensembles Invited to Participate in National Festival, March 14-16
WASHINGTON DC – Potomac Falls High School Symphonic Band from Sterling, VA will be one of the select musical ensembles that are invited to perform at the 28th annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 14-16, 2019 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were selected following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of nationally-esteemed conductors and music educators.

The Music for All National Festival showcases the finest high school and middle school music ensembles and student musicians in America, shining a spotlight on outstanding music-making and the importance of music education. Seventy-one concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles from across America have been selected to perform at the 2019 Festival.

The Potomac Falls High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tim Niebergall will perform in concert in one of Indianapolis’s premier hall, receive a post-concert clinic for future growth, providing an educational experience for both teachers and students. The ensembles also participate in master classes and special events, including a 3,000-guest Gala Awards Banquet. “Being invited is the achievement,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Music for All. “Once an ensemble has been invited and arrives, the Festival is non-competitive, with no placings awarded. It’s a celebration of musical excellence and achievement.”

The band is preparing a challenging program of works. A rare march entitled “Lustiger Marsch” will open their program, followed by three major works for band: The Fantasia in G by Johann Sebastian Bach, three movements from the Suite Fransçaise by Milhaud and the Corsican Lintany by Nelhybel.

The Music for All National Festival is comprised of several events: National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, National Choir Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, and three national honor ensembles: The Honor Band of America, the Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America.

The Festival includes special guest concerts, including the National Percussion Festival Honors Concert, The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring Vandoren Emerging Artist Winners and Yamaha Performing Artists H2

Saxophone Quartet; and the Music for All National Choir Festival Choir with the Ball State University Orchestra.

[03/09/19]   Congratulations to Dr. Miroslav Loncar, Guitar Director at PVHS for the Wolf Trap Grant!

PARK VIEW HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER USES A WOLF TRAP GRANT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT OCEAN POLLUTION

Park View High School’s Guitar teacher Dr. Miroslav Lončar - one of the recipients of the 2018/2019 Wolf Trap Grant for Performing Arts Teachers – is planning a special concert performance that will feature world premieres of two new compositions especially written for Park View guitar students. With this concert, Dr. Lončar seeks to provide his students a unique performance experience and to raise the awareness of the growing problem of pollution in the oceans.

Dr. Lončar utilized his $5,000 grant from Wolf Trap to commission two internationally recognized composers to each write a composition about ocean pollution. Javier Farías– a native Chilean living in Maryland, composed a work titled “response.restoration”, and Olga Amelkina Vera – a native of Belarus who lives in Texas, composed a work titled Ode to Thalassa. The two compositions are written for various levels of playing abilities, which gives all the guitar students an opportunity to be a part of the performance. Dr. Lončar conceived this project as a collaboration between several areas of the music department at Park View and requested that the composers add another performance medium to the guitar ensemble, and as a result the Ode to Thalassa includes a female vocal ensemble, and “response.restoration” uses a flute. Dr. Lončar also plans to collaborate with the environmental science section of the Park View science department to create an interactive portion of the performance.

Composers Farías and Amelkina Vera took very different personal approaches to the subject in their very exciting but very different compositions. While Amelkina Vera’s composition is based on Greek mythology and uses various non-musical sounds and techniques, Farias’ piece draws on South American musical styles and on traditional playing techniques. Hearing both compositions back to back in the concert promises to be a special listening experience. Both composers will come to Park View to prepare the students for the performance and they will conduct the performance of their compositions. Dr. Lončar and his classes have been working very hard on learning these new pieces and making sure that they will be ready by the concert.

This special concert will take place on March 12 at 7 PM, in the Park View High School Auditorium. Dr. Lončar hopes that this concert will attract many people from the community who are interested in hearing these exciting new compositions and the environmental message this project seeks to convey.

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