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

Excited to be at the LCPS annual A Cappella Workshop at RRHS today! Huge thanks to Jordan Markwood, LCPS Music teachers, parents, clinicians and students!!

[01/05/19]   Huge thank you to all LCPS music educators involved in District Band auditions today!!

This year for the first time the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) hosted an All National Guitar Ensemble. 16 states were represented in this ensemble and all 6 participants from Virginia were from LCPS including Loudoun county, Tuscarora, Freedom, and Briar Woods high schools. Pictured Left to Right are:
Jack Osborne (Briar Woods High)
Atif Islam: (Briar Woods High)
Julian Burbano (Briar Woods High)
Nicholas Beers (Tuscarora High)
Thrilok Shivaraman (Freedom High)
Ryan Robinson (Loudoun County High)

[11/26/18]   8 LCPS Music Students Qualify for NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical ensemble; it is a comprehensive, musical and educational experience.
The 2018 ensembles will meet November 25-28, 2018 at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida under the baton of leaders in the field of music education.
• Mixed Choir, conducted by Dr. Amanda Quist
• Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Jean Montès
• Guitar, conducted by Dr. Michael Quantz
The LCPS students are:

Nicolas Beers, Tuscarora High School, Guitar Ensemble
Kerry Blake, Loudoun Valley High School, Mixed Choir
Julian Burbano, Briar Woods High School, Guitar Ensemble
Atif Islam, Briar Woods High School, Guitar Ensemble
Paul Na, Briar Woods High School, Symphony Orchestra
Jack Osborne, Briar Woods High School, Guitar Ensemble
Ryan Robinson, Loudoun County High School, Guitar Ensemble
Thrilok Shivaraman, Freedom High School, Guitar Ensemble

[11/12/18]   LCPS Choral, Guitar, Jazz Musicians Honored at VMEA Conference

63 musicians from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will participate in the 2018 Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference at the Homestead this week.

36 LCPS students will perform in the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble. This auditioned group will be conducted by Glenn McCarthy. 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:

Amaani Allen Tuscarora High School
Jordan Atanassov Freedom High School
Matthew Averyt Freedom High School
Lachi Balabanski Riverside High School
Julian Burbano Briar Woods High School
Ethan Fatz Freedom High School
Karl Holsomback Potomac Falls High School
Brady Hurlich 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
John Le Potomac Falls High School
Maria-Jose Lema Potomac Falls High School
Kenya Lopez Potomac Falls High School
Allison Ko Briar Woods High School
Ryan Meyer Riverside High School
Jahnavi Murthy Freedom High School
Varin Nakka Briar Woods High School
Allan Nguyen Freedom High School
Carlos Olivares Potomac Falls High School
Jack Osbournem Briar Woods High School
Jun Park Freedom High School
Anushka Phadke Potomac Falls High School
Shreya Phadke Potomac Falls High School
Connor Prough Heritage High School
Isabella Ramos Park View High School
Ryan Robinson Loudoun County High School
Liam Salusky Potomac Falls High School
Jack Sciortino Freedom High School
Holden Shea Loudoun County High School
Thrilok Shivaraman Freedom High School
Sean Starkweather Freedom High School
Cynthia Ting Rock Ridge High School
Sophia Varoujanian Potomac Falls High School

7 LCPS band students have qualified for the 2018 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 direct of Jared Sims (WVU) and Steve Wiest (Professional Trombonist/Educator).

Liam Barron, Briar Woods High School
Erl Fantilaga, Stone Bridge High School
Gabriel Palusci, Briar Woods High School
Parker Peterson, Stone Bridge High School
Roman Ramirez, Riverside High School
Cole Sheffer, Loudoun Valley High School
Benjamin Trimboli, Dominion High School

17 senior choral students will perform in the Senior Honors Choir, under the direction of Elena Sharkova. These students were selected by audition out of almost 600 high school seniors from throughout Virginia. The LCPS members of the Virginia Senior Honors Choir include:

Kerry Blake, Loudoun Valley High School
Jessica Blevins, Dominion High School
Casey Brewer, John Champe High School
Caroline Colvin, Loudoun County High School
Kevin Crandall, Woodgrove High School
Lauren Janoschka, Rock Ridge High School
Jamien Lowman, Briar Woods High School
Riannon Miller, Woodgrove High School
Ananya Penugonda, Rock Ridge High School
Juliana Pesak, Riverside High School
Srija Pinnamaneni, Rock Ridge High School
Arjun Tarafdar, Rock Ridge High School
Grace Templeton, Loudoun Valley High School
Lexi Tenny, John Champe High School
Ian Underhill, Rock Ridge High School
Christopher Wenzel, Rock Ridge High School
Rachel Wilkinson, Woodgrove High School

Two Riverside High School students were recognized for their compositions this year, Liliya Petrosyan and Elijah Miniuk. Derek Yu from Briar Woods High School was also recognized. They entered their pieces into the competition last year and they will be recognized at the Young Composers Competition recital at VMEA.

Loudoun County Raiders Win National Marching Band Championship

Congratulations to the Loudoun County Raiders, under the direction of Darron Young, for winning the IV-A USBands National Marching Band Championship! The Loudoun County Marching Raiders captured one of the nation’s most prestigious marching band titles over the weekend. They outpaced 18 other bands to win the Class IV-A USBands National Marching Band Championship. The competition took place in Allentown, PA, where the 95-member Marching Raider


74 of LCPS finest orchestra students have qualified for the 2018 NCVRO (North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra). This orchestra is comprised of students selected through audition from Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania school districts. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 pm at Spotsylvania High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia. Dr. Jan Wagner is the conductor for the Senior Regional Orchestra; the Junior Regional Orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Lisa R. Caravan. In preparation for the concert, students will rehearse on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The concert includes a wide variety of musical literature and admission is free. Those students are:

Belmont Ridge Middle School
Stella Ortiz

Eagle Ridge Middle School
Yuthi Madireddy
Christopher Qian
Sahana Sreeram
Saumya Vengkarsar

Farmwell Station Middle School
Sebastian Bohnett
Jeremy Oh

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Brandon Bae
Anchy Cho
Hailey Chong
Yenni Dang
Anthony Fernandes
Kierstin Han
Nuri Han
Jiho Park
Esther Yu

Mercer Middle School
Emily Song

River Bend Middle School
Kate Sheppard

Smart's Mill Middle School
Christopher Tally

Willard Intermediate
Aryaa Deshpande (Alt.)
Catherine Engel
Adrian Motas

Briar Woods High School
Liam Barron
Tazreen Hassan
Paul Na
Derek Yu
Kelly Zhou

Broad Run High School
Michael Chou
Ryan Lynch
Victoria Ok

Dominion High School
Christopher Goodhart
Alison Lilly
Kristin Rice
Ayumi Tsuyuki

Freedom High School
Ellen Baik
Ethan Curtiss (alt)
Morgan Glass
Mary Kate Hom
Elaine Jin
Irene Joe
Kovas Kirvelaitis
Erina Lee
Julian Lee (alt)
Jessica Li
Lukas Munsell

Heritage High School
Zachary Ho

John Champe High School
Dylan Armstrong
David Cho-Jung
Charlie Duong

Loudoun County High School
Amber Johnson

Loudoun Valley High School
Hannah Hill
Cole Sheffer
Justin Zhang

Potomac Falls High School
Erin Chan
Kellan Delaney
Justin Ghofrany
Molly Lum
Clara Salazar

Riverside High School
Sean Chung
Aleksander Dickehuth (alt)
Nick Ippolito
Chaeeun Yang

Rock Ridge High School
Yuca Chen
Sean Chung
Ethan Hackett
Pawan Kashyap
Rishi Ravula

Stone Bridge High School
Jake Adamson
Alessandria Axtell
Ellen Hong
Zoe Loh
Jacquelyn Olivera

Tuscarora High School
Jordyn Anthony
Jula Erpe
Isabel Healy
Lucy Palmer

Woodgrove High School
Katie Hicks

[11/08/18]   2018 Middle School All-County Chorus

Come hear some of the finest singers in Loudoun County at the 2018 Middle School All-County Chorus Concert. The concert will be held this coming Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 am at Farmwell Station Middle School. 162 auditioned sixth graders will rehearse for two days under the direction of Charles Quinlan. Mr. Quinlan is a graduate of Moravian College and Concordia University. Mr. Quinlan is currently the choral director at Stone Middle School in Fairfax County and also the Artistic Director of the Vox NoVA Youth Choir, a community choir affiliated with the well-known Master Singers of Virginia.

The concert includes a wide variety of music literature. Admission is free.

Eric Byrd Trio

LCPS guitar instructor, Al Young, is a member of the Eric Byrd Trio. Their album, "Sacred Music Volume 1: Saints Still Marching" has made it to the next to last nomination round!! From hundreds of submissions down to approximately 30. Now, selection is narrowed down to the 5 nominees who will be announced at the Grammy's!! Wish us luck 😊 Category is "Best Jazz Instrumental Album".

Way to go!! Eric Byrd Trio

2018 High School All-County Chorus

The 2018 High School All-County Chorus Concert will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at Heritage High School at 7:00 pm. Over 200 auditioned students will rehearse on Wednesday in three different choirs. The event is a sight-reading experience for the students. The choirs will be conducted by Sherlee Glomb, Bryan Stenson, and Michael Ehrlich.
The concert includes a wide variety of musical literature and admission is free.

The Women’s Chorus will be conducted by Sherlee Glomb. A former choral director in Virginia and Florida, Ms. Glomb has transitioned to a full-time private voice/piano studio to spend more time with her children. She also conducts the first Homeschool Choir of Northern Virginia.

Bryan Stenson is the conductor of the Men’s Chorus. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Bryan Hiroto Stenson attended St. Mary's International School where his parents teach music and choir. He has had numerous conducting internships and taught school in Arlington, VA. In 2014 he auditioned for The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" and won his current seat as a member of The U.S. Army Voices. He currently is a DMA candidate at George Mason University and is the artistic director of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg.

The conductor for the Chamber Choir, an ensemble comprised of the top two sight-readers in each high school, is Michael Ehrlich. He is retired from W.T. Woodson High School after 30 years as the choral director. Mr. Ehrlich has served as vice president and president of the Virginia Choral Directors Association and the Virginia Music Educators Association. Ehrlich continues to serve VMEA as the Associate Conference Coordinator. Ehrlich began the next chapter in his life in September of 2018 as the director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, a new ensemble under the umbrella of the Fairfax Choral Society.

Former Chorister, Clifford D. Thomson, Bequeaths $1.1 Million to Washington National Opera

Former Loudoun Valley High School choral and drama teacher Cliff Thomson has left a remarkable donation to the Washington National Opera Washington National Opera (WNO) is grateful to announce the receipt of an unexpected $1.1 million donation from Clifford D. Thomson, a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for 30 years. T…

Congratulations to Dr. Miroslav Loncar of Park View High School for earning a $5000 Wolf Trap Foundation Grant for High School Performing Arts Teachers. This grant will be used for enhanced instruction leading to student performance in areas that parallel Wolf Trap’s performance and education priorities, including Artist Residencies, Commissions, Master Classes, Technology in the Arts, Going Green, and STEM. Dr. Loncar teaches guitar at PVHS, is an active performer and published composer and arranger as well as a founder and director of the Loudoun Youth Guitars ensemble.

[08/14/18]   Looking forward to seeing all LCPS music teachers Monday, August 20th at our in service at Tuscarora High School!

So excited to meet with new music teachers in LCPS! Welcome!!

Rock Ridge Sings

The Rock Ridge Chamber Choir will perform at the 2018 Virginia Music Educators Association’s annual conference on Thursday, November 15 at 2 p.m. at the historic Homestead Resort. The music has been selected and we are excited for the opportunity to inspire Virginia’s music educators! We hope you will join us on the journey as we prepare and perform.

Aldie student receives new trumpet courtesy of the Pete Durand Music for Everyone Foundation An Aldie student’s dreams of owning a trumpet came true Friday, thanks to the Pete Durand Music for Everyone Foundation.

Drum Corps International: Marching Music`s Major League

We are excited to have the Carolina Crown, Bluecoats (Canton, Ohio) and Cadets from Bergen County, NJ all rehearsing in Loudoun County tomorrow! Come out and see what DCI is all about!!

July 6, 2018
Carolina Crown - Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Avenue, Purcellville, VA
Bluecoats - Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King Street, Leesburg, VA
Cadets - Rock Ridge High School, 43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr., Ashburn, VA Drum Corps International (DCI) is a non profit organization dedicated to the junior drum corps activity. Get tickets, schedule information, and watch your favorite corps live in competition.

Obituary for Debra D. Settle at Colonial Funeral Home Of Leesburg

A memorial service to honor the life of Debbie Settle will be held at Christian Fellowship Church on Thursday, May 31st. We will have a choir consisting of students, alumni, and colleagues. That rehearsal will begin at 4:15 on Thursday. Go to door 100 and down the hall to the chapel.

Here is a link to Debbie's obituary. An extraordinary person and music educator, she will be greatly missed. Debra Dowling Settle December 31, 1954 May 17, 2018 Debra Dowling Settle, on the morning of May 17, 2018, went to be with the Lord after a five year battle with colon cancer. Debra was being visited and comforted by family members and friends at the Adler Center for Caring

66th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced:

Congratulations to Matthew Schultheis (Potomac Falls HS Alumnus 2016) who just won his second consecutive BMI Foundation Student Composer Award for his Chamber Concerto. Matthew studies composition and piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 18 to 26, who have been named winners of the 66th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Renowned American composer and Chair of the Student Composer Awards Ellen Taaffe....

Park View Music Teacher Hopes Community Will 'Soak' Up Classical Guitar at Concert May 5 - The Loudoun Tribune

So proud of Dr. Loncar and all the wonderful work he does with LCPS students! Miroslav Lončar sits in the middle of a large classroom at Park View High School, effortlessly filling the room with classical guitar strains the way his passion and appreciation for the art form fills his life. On the wall behind him, a Croatian flag hangs near a portrait of blues-guitar legend B....

Loudoun Youth Guitars

Loudoun Youth Guitars to perform at the Barns of Rose Hill (Berryville) on May 13th at 4:00 p.m.

Barns of Rose Hill is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts venue and community center in Berryville, Virginia.Find out more about Loudoun Youth Guitars event. Loudoun Youth Guitars is one of the finest youth ensembles in the metropolitan area. The group is comprised of talented and highly motivated guitar students from several middle and high schools in Loudoun County. They perform music by composers from various musical eras, including Baroque, Classical...

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