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

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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 ...


The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Loudoun County Public Schools has 8 students represented in the All-National Honor Ensembles.

Concert Band
Justin Zhang Loudoun Valley High School

Guitar Ensemble
Joseph Abner Briar Woods High School
Matthew Averyt Freedom High School
*Varin Nakka Briar Woods High School
*Jack Osborne Briar Woods High School
*Jun Park Freedom High School
Thrilok Shivaraman Freedom High School

Symphony Orchestra
Ayumi Tsuyuki Dominion High School

The 2019 ensembles will meet at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education. The dates are November 7-10.

Saturday, December 7th
for oboe & bassoon players
All ages and ability levels are accepted
Brambleton Middle School
23070 Learning Circle
Ashburn, VA 20148
9 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Lunch provided

2019 Middle School All-County Chorus

Come hear some of the finest singers in Loudoun County at the 2019 Middle School All-County Chorus Concert. Rehearsals on Friday, November 8th will be held at Smart’s Mill Middle School. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 9th at 11:00 am at Tuscarora High School. 159 auditioned sixth graders will rehearse for two days under the direction of Juliana Woodill. (20 alternates were also chosen.) Mrs. Woodill is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. She is currently the choral director at Fairfax High School in Fairfax County and serves as the President for the Fairfax County Choral Directors Association. Mrs. Woodill is an active clinician, guest conductor, and trained adjudicator; she was a featured conductor for the Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium in Minneapolis, MN for two years.

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


80 of LCPS finest orchestra students have qualified for the 2019 NCVRO (North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra). 7 alternates were also chosen. 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 9th at 3:00 pm at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Virginia. Dr. Paul Kim is the conductor for the Senior Regional Orchestra; the Junior Regional Orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Michael Hopkins. In preparation for the concert, students will rehearse on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. The concert includes a wide variety of musical literature and admission is free. Those students are:

Belmont Ridge Middle School
Anne Tang

Blue Ridge Middle School
Addison Miller, Alternate

Brambleton Middle School
Mihika Dusad

Farmwell Station Middle School
Sebastian Bohnett
Jeremy Oh

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Brandon Bae
Calyna Chen, Alternate
Luke Chen
Erin Choi
Hailey Chong
Yenni Dang
Kierstin Han, Alternate
Nuri Han
Ashley Kim
Julia Li
Jiho Park

Trailside Middle School
Hannah Cleavinger
Claire Lee
Niva Tuladhar
Cynthia Zhao

Willard Intermediate School
Adrian Motas
Monet Shum, Alternate
Emily Song

Briar Woods High School
Megan Acevedo
Liam Barron
Annette Lee
Yuthi Madireddy
Brody Minnick
Melodie Moore
Kyle Norberg
Sahana Sreeram
Sauma Vengsarkar
Noriko Yamatani
Kelly Zhou

Broad Run High School
Adrian Cheung
Michael Chou
Jessica Jiang
Victoria Ok
Valerie Perez

Dominion High School
John Calma
Christopher Goodhart, Alternate
Lauryn Parks

Freedom High School
Justin Abel
Sunit Bapat
Anthony Fernandez
Manmayi Ghaisas
Ian Harlow, Alternate
Elaine Jin
Irene Joe
Kahley Mitchell
Lukas Munsell
Elena Owellen
Eshaan Rawat
Esther Yu

Heritage High School
Addie King

John Champe High School
Dylan Armstrong
David Cho-Jung
Gregory Dalla
Florence Hin

Loudoun County High School
Amber Johnson

Loudoun Valley High School
Hannah Hill
Isabelle Marsh

Potomac Falls High School
Erin Chan
Katherine Sheppard

Riverside High School
Surabhi Chanda
Jaehee Kim
Stella Ortiz
Andrew Park
Chaeeun Yang

Rock Ridge High School
Yuca Chen
Ethan Hackett
Pawan Kashyap
Thira Nizampatnam
Rishi Ravula

Stone Bridge High School
Jake Adamson
Andrew Brown
Chesley Christensen
Ellen Hong
Jacquelyn Olivera
Andrea Stefanyshyn

Tuscarora High School
Jordyn Anthony
Isabel Healy
Charles Robertello, Alternate
Jacob Schear
Christopher Tally

Woodgrove High School
Charlotte Hicks
Katherine Hicks

Join us for our LCPS High School All-County Chorus concert tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Heritage High School. Admission is free. Our singers are under the wonderful direction of McKenna Stenson, Dr. Matt Oltman, and Max Nolin.

John Champe HS performing at BOA Finals in Annapolis and Rock Ridge HS students preparing for the Finals retreat

2019 MSAAC Gala student performances

The first annual Minority Student Academic Achievement Council held its first Gala on May 15 at the Administration building school board room. Thank you to our participating schools and directors for showcasing the talent of their students for this special occassion.

The first annual Minority Student Academic Achievement Council held its first Gala on May 15 at the Administration building school board room. Thank you to our participating schools and directors for showcasing the talent of their students for this special occassion.

Congratulations to our music teachers who were honored as Washington Post Outstanding Teacher Nominees!

Miroslav Loncar, Guitar, PVHS
Beth Paquette, Band, JLSMS
Sarah Stillman, Lovettsville ES
Jennifer Worthington, Arcola ES

Congratulations to our music teachers receiving this recognition of excellence in Supporting Special Education!

Shauna Olevson, Sanders Corner ES
Kelley McNamee, ERMS
Jordan Markwood, RRHS
Jamieson Carr, JCHS
Ethan Lawrence, JCHS
Jonathan Phillip, JCHS
Melanie Robison, JCHS


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:

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

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


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.


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

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