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

Please see the attached flyer. The regional governor’s school (PAVAN) will use a virtual audition process. The program is scheduled tentatively for in person instruction but may go virtual if conditions require that next summer. This information has also been shared with counselors.

Proud of you, Rick Reaves!

Rick Reaves has adjusted his flourishing band program to distance learning 46 years into his teaching career.

The Loudoun Valley High School band director is teaching online for the first time since he began teaching music as a junior in college. Reaves said the love of his students has spurred him to adopt the new methods of teaching in a compressed time frame.

Reaves sees arts education as being particularly needed by students now. “The arts are a very important part of the development of the mind as well as the spirit. The arts teach the whole student. It is one area that ties both sides of the brain together. Musicians have stronger ties between the parts of the brain than others.”

Keeping the ties to his students online is a skill Reaves has mastered. He teaches classes of from 13 to 30 students based on a set, yet flexible, schedule.

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LCPS 2020 Honor Bands

11 LCPS High School Bands have received the distinction of Honor Band in the year 2019-2020!

The Virginia Honor Band recognition and award is the result of a project and survey that was conducted in the spring of 1979. The survey was in conjunction with the establishment of a state marching band festival. As part of the end result of such a festival, the recognition of bands displaying a comprehensive program was the intent of the Virginia Honor Band Award. Bands achieving superior ratings at the state marching festival and district concert festival were to be recognized with the highest honor that can be bestowed upon bands by the VBODA.

Congratulations to these qualifying schools:

Briar Woods High School, Duane Minnick, Director
Broad Run High School, Ryan Dempsey, Director
Dominion High School, Jonathan Schiffler, Director
Freedom High School, Joel Galway, Director
Independence High School, Kyle Harrington, Director
John Champe High School, Jonathan Phillip & Jamieson Carr, Directors
Loudoun County High School, Darron Young, Director
Park View High School, Brian Morton, Director
Potomac Falls High School, Tim Niebergall, Director
Rock Ridge High School, Justin Ratcliff, Director
Stone Bridge High School, David Keller & Eric Blanks, Directors

Baba Yetu - A LCPS Virtual Choir Performance

A huge shout out to Nigel Tangredi, Choral Director at BWHS, for making this happen! Very proud of you, the choral students, and their directors!!

Middle and high school choral music students from across Loudoun County Public Schools collaborated to perform Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” as…

LCPS Music Department

[05/06/20]   Congratulations to all our wonderful music teachers!! We appreciate all that you do!!


Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has again been named as one of the 2020’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. These districts and schools set the bar in offering all students access to comprehensive music education.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

[03/05/20]   Stone Bridge High School Mastersingers invited to the Music for All (MFA) National Choir Festival

The Stone Bridge High School Mastersingers under the direction of Daniel Jackson have been invited to the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis. The Music for All National Choir Festival is a non-competitive experience for outstanding high school and youth choirs. The festival is a celebration of musical excellence, combining world-class performance and evaluation opportunities with an exhilarating atmosphere of camaraderie in music. Twelve choirs of excellence were selected by audio audition to participate in the festival which is an integral part of the Music for All ongoing mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

Mr. Jackson submitted video of the 2018-2019 Mastersingers for the audio audition that secured the groups’ invitation to this amazing learning and performance event. The Festival will take place in Indianapolis, IN on March 12-14, 2020.

Mr. Jackson is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this experience with his Stone Bridge Mastersingers. “It is such an honor to represent our school, community and county at this wonderful event. The 11 other high school ensembles selected to participate in this event represent some of the nation’s best examples of choral music in the schools. We are truly venturing in uncharted territory for our program, but our goal will remain the same: To inspires others by making passionate music that is emotionally transparent, and to be an example of “Unity from Diversity” instead of “Unity DESPITE Diversity”.


Come join us Friday, March 6th at 7:00 pm at Briar Woods High School for an extraordinary concert by the Texas Guitar Quartet!

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Admission is free and open to the public. Who is the Texas Guitar Quartet?

Join us for an exciting concert from The Yale Alley Cats! March 11 & 12 at 7 pm Briar Woods High School. The Yale Alley Cats, Yale University's premier undergraduate a cappella group, take the BWHS stage and invite you to a musical experience you won't want to miss.

Founded in 1943, The Yale Alley Cats have a long history of musicianship, brotherhood, and world-touring. Now, as part of their DC/Germany Spring Tour, they will be taking the stage to top off our own LCPS graduate Nico Burbano's hometown tour.

The Yale Alley Cats have come to be recognized as one of the finest collegiate a cappella ensembles in the world. They've performed for President Obama, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Silvia of Sweden; they've appeared on Martha Stewart Living, opened for Jay Leno's comedy show, and been praised as "Mm-mm delicious" by Aretha Franklin herself. Today, they enjoy singing contemporary numbers as well as those that have been in their group for generations. Although a lot has changed since 1943, they still begin every concert with their traditional opening song—the same tune the Cats sang into the night seventy six years ago.

All members of the group are full-time Yale students, and spend their time away from school touring the world and making music.


The 2020 District XVI All-District Chorus Concert will be held Saturday, February 8th, at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. The Middle School Concert begins at 1:30 p.m. with the High School Concert at 3:00 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free.

Over 400 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students will participate in the 2020 District XVI event. Rehearsals and workshops will be Friday and Saturday. Middle School students will rehearse at Willard Intermediate School on Friday and Woodgrove High School on Saturday; High School students will rehearse both days at Woodgrove High School.
The event features four outstanding choirs, under the direction of Dr. Jason Vodicka (Westminster Choir College), Dr. Ryan Beeken (Wichita State University), Mr. Chris Fox (Bonnie Branch Middle School), and Mr. Mike Horanski (Robinson Secondary School).


The 2020 District XVI All-District Band Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1st, at John Champe High School.

Admission to the concert is free.

Over 300 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students successfully auditioned for the 2020 District XVI event. Rehearsal and workshops will be Thursday through Saturday at John Champe High School. The event features three outstanding bands, under the direction of Col. Timothy J. Holtan (retired senior military musician in the Department of Defense and the 10th Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”), David Regner, (Flight Commander and Associate Conductor of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band), and Patricia Cornett (Director of Bands at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance).

Freedom High School Singers Perform with the City Choir of Washington

The Freedom High School Advanced Mixed Chorus were selected to perform with the City Choir of Washington in the City Choir of Washington Twelfth Night Performance as their “partner in song.” The choir was praised by the City Choir conductor, Bob Shafer, for their "fabulous performance of technically difficult music, which they pulled off with much aplomb" and received a standing ovation at the performance.
The performance was Sunday, January 5th. The singers are under the direction of Laura Lazarevich, Choral Director, Freedom High School.

The Briar Woods Band is proud to represent the state of Virginia as they perform in the halftime of the Camping World Bowl Game in Orlando, FL on Saturday, December, 28th. Our band is one of 10 from across the nation invited to perform in this nationally televised event. The game will feature Notre Dame vs. Iowa State University and should be an exciting introduction to college football for my band members. The game will be on ESPN at 12noon. For my LSU friends, I should still be able to see the Tigers play Oklahoma at 4pm in the Peach Bowl later on that day. GEAUX TIGERS & "Knock it Out" Falcon Regiment!!!!🏈

Join the Loudoun Youth Guitars for their Winter Concert, December 21 at 7:00 pm at Riverside Presbyterian Church. This is a guitar ensemble comprised of select middle school and high school students from LCPS and students by Loudoun teachers. The performance is free, but donations are welcome.

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[11/11/19]   LCPS Choral, Guitar, Jazz Musicians and Teachers Honored at VMEA Conference

85 musicians from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will participate in the 2019 Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference at the Homestead November 19-23, 2019. Additionally, 4 ensembles were selected to perform and several LCPS music teachers will be presenting professional development.

39 LCPS students will perform in the 2019 All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble. This auditioned group will be conducted by Chuck Hulihan. The overall chairman of the event is Dr. Kevin Vigil, guitar director at Heritage High School. The LCPS members of the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble include:

Juan Andujar Heritage High School
Jordan Atanassov Freedom High School
Matthew Averyt Freedom High School
Lachi Balabanski Riverside High School
Jack Bickmann Briar Woods High School
Julian Burbano Briar Woods High School
David Cho Freedom High School
Corey Dec Freedom High School
Michael Faringer Heritage High School
Sebastian Gutierrez Sandoval Potomac Falls High School
Atif Islam Briar Woods High School
Sonia Jethwani Freedom High School
Abner Joseph Briar Woods High School
Siddharth Kesiraju Briar Woods High School
Tyler Kim Freedom High School
Allison Ko Briar Woods High School
Louis Joel Llaury Briar Woods High School
Jacob Lee Loudoun County High School
Maria-Jose Lema Potomac Falls High School
Adam Manuel Freedom High School
Isabella Miller Riverside High School
Jahnavi Murthy Freedom High School
Varin Nakka Briar Woods High School
Allan Nguyen Freedom High School
Matthew Nguyen Freedom High School
Esteban Olivares Potomac Falls High School
Jack Osborne Briar Woods High School
Jun Park Freedom High School
Anushka Phadke Potomac Falls High School
Shreya Phadke Potomac Falls High School
Kevin Phan Freedom High School
Sydney Pollack Briar Woods High School
Isabella Ramos Park View High School
Nicholas Rice Briar Woods High School
Salar Salehi Riverside High School
Holden Shea Loudoun County High School
Thrilok Shivaraman Freedom High School
Sheridan Traish Freedom High School

10 LCPS band students have qualified for the 2019 All-Virginia Jazz Ensembles. Students are selected by audition for the entire state for participation in two ensembles consisting of 24 students each. The two ensembles are under the direction of Keith Taylor (Professional Musician/Educator) and Wycliffe Gordon (Professional Trombonist/Educator).

Justin Abel, Freedom High School
Austin Balagao, Briar Woods High School
Liam Barron, Briar Woods High School
Erl Fantilaga, Stone Bridge High School
Joshua Golden, Stone Bridge High School
Matt Hughes, Briar Woods High School
Matthew Jurich, Stone Bridge High School
Sean McLaughlin, Stone Bridge High School
Gabriel Palusci, Briar Woods High School
Parker Peterson, Stone Bridge High School

24 senior choral students will perform in the 2019 Senior Honors Choir, under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas. These students were selected by audition out of over 700 high school seniors from throughout Virginia. The LCPS members of the Virginia Senior Honors Choir include:

Dannise Brown Woodgrove High School
Matthew Cahill Dominion High School
Matthew Chesnutt Park View High School
Colleen Clark Rock Ridge High School
Hazel Clinard Woodgrove High School
Julia Condie Woodgrove High School
Savannah Geiger Woodgrove High School
Alexis Grandis Riverside High School
Samantha Hilario Briar Woods High School
Sophia Hyam Tuscarora High School
Katherine Lynch Rock Ridge High School
Sean Matthews Rock Ridge High School
Michael F. McDaniel Rock Ridge High School
Deepti Narayanan Briar Woods High School
Aydyn O'Brien Freedom High School
Benjamin Peake Woodgrove High School
Mia Puccio Stone Bridge High School
Meredith Scarboro Rock Ridge High School
Leecy Silk Dominion High School
Emma Thorn Stone Bridge High School
Joshua Thomas Dominion High School
Vikas Venuthurupalli Rock Ridge High School
Soe Wunna Dominion High School
Nico Zavala Rock Ridge High School

First Alternates:
Lauren Leppert John Champe High School
Mildred Morris John Champe High School

Congratulations to these school ensembles who were selected to perform at VMEA:

• Stone Bridge High School Bel Canto Women’s Ensemble, Daniel Jackson, Director
• Loudoun County High School String Quartet, Kareem McCullough, Director
• Potomac Falls High School Guitar Quartet, Hart Wells, Director
• Rock Ridge High School Guitar Ensemble, Aaron Kunk, Director

12 LCPS students were recognized for their compositions. These compositions will be performed at the VMEA Composers Showcase at the conference:

Prinscilla Addo River Bend Middle School
Ariyana Akbar River Bend Middle School
Emmanuel Ampeh Potomac Falls High School
Lachi Balabanski Riverside High School
Sean McLaughlin Briar Woods High School
Julian Rivera River Bend Middle School
Marcos Rivera River Bend Middle School
Pranshi Sanwal River Bend Middle School
Holden Shea Loudoun County High School
Geethan Sundaram Potomac Falls High School
Victoria Teran River Bend Middle School
Derek Yu Briar Woods High School

The following music teachers will be presenting professional development at the VMEA Conference:

• Motivate your String Students to Lead using Station Rotation! (Adrienne Caravan)
• Choral Vocology: The integration of science in the choral classroom (Sherry Doyle)
• Use and Benefits of Centers in the Guitar Classroom (Jared Eastridge)
• A Comparison of Virginia Band Performance Assessments in Relation to Director Gender (Jessica Eastridge)
• Composing for Students (John Graham, Romana Hartmetz, Jeffrey Tanner & Miroslav Loncar)
• The Harmony of Daily Practice (Miroslav Loncar)
• Strategies for Engaging Special Learners in Music (Annabelle Mills & Andrew Schlaf)

BWHS Falcon Regiment Performance at Liberty University

Congratulations to Briar Woods High School and Director Duane Minnick! Our LCPS Marching Bands have had an amazing award winning season!! Watch here for posts and updates from our successes this fall

The Briar Woods Falcon Regiment, under the direction of Duane Minnick, perform their 2019 show “The Song Remains The Same: The Music of Led Zeppelin” at the ...

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