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

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...

[04/25/18]   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 from April 26th - 28th.

The middle school jazz bands will perform in assessment on Friday, April 28th and the high school jazz bands on Saturday, April 29th. 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. Chris Vadala. Mr. John Mills 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:

2:00 p.m. Harmony Middle School Jazz Band
2:30 p.m. J.L. Simpson Middle School Jazz Band
3:00 p.m. Trailside Middle School Timberwolf Jazz Band
6:00 p.m. Brambleton Middle School Jazz Band
6:30 p.m. Eagle Ridge Middle School Jazz Band
7:00 p.m. Smart’s Mill Middle School Jazz Band
7:30 p.m. River Bend Middle School Jazz Band
8:00 p.m. Seneca Ridge Middle School Jazz Band

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

Full house today at Park View HS for our 5th grade All County Chorus. Outstanding concert!! Thank you Bonnie Tynch for being here and making this such a wonderful experience for everyone!! Great contributions for our teachers who performed with the students as well!!

[04/19/18]   Nine LCPS HS Band Winterguards competed in the Atlantic Indoor Association North Region Circuit Championships at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria on April 7th. The AIA was formed in 1994 and offers contests throughout Virginia and North Carolina, making it one of the largest circuits in this performing arts field in the country.
Among the 61 competing schools were units from Oakton, WT Woodson, Langley, Robinson Secondary, McClean, Ocean Lakes, George C. Marshall, Forest Park, Princess Ann, Chantilly and West Springfield High Schools. Eight LCPS units received top honors in their competitive classes. The schools faced tough competition, with the margins between some schools came down to the thousandths place to determine placement in their classes. Full scoring results for all schools can be found on the AIA website. Congrautlations to all of our performing groups, staff and students on their impressive showing. The placements of LCPS performing ensembles are as follows:
Scholastic Regional A2
(21 units in competition)
Park View – 1st Place
Stone Bridge – 4th Place

Scholastic Regional A1
(11 units in competition)
Potomac Falls – 3rd Place

Scholastic A3
(16 units in competition)
Broad Run – 1st Place
Briar Woods – 2nd Place

Scholastic A2
(6 units in competition)
Woodgrove – 1st Place
Tuscarora – 2nd Place
John Champe – 3rd Place

Scholastic A1
(7 units in competition)
Freedom – 2nd Place
Freedom will also be travelling to Dayton, Ohio to compete at the Winterguard International (WGI) World Championships this coming weekend April 12-14, please wish them luck!

Smart's Mill Music Department

Congratulations to Smart's Mill Music teachers, students and administration!!

First time recipients of the Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation! We are 1 of 135 schools in the nation to be recognized. Thank you to everyone in our community who supports music education!


On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 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 Bonny Tynch 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.
Bonny Tynch is currently in her eighth season as a youth chorus conductor with the Fairfax Choral Society in northern Virginia. Throughout her teaching and conducting career in the Washington, DC area, she has been a leader and learner amongst her colleagues and was nationally recognized as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award given by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in 2013: “Bonny has a calm, soothing way about her that sets students and colleagues at ease, but she also carries with her a spark – a joyful, enthusiastic energy that is backed up by high standards, careful plans, and a willingness to allow her students to take an unexpected path.”

LCPS Music Department


Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has again been named as one of the 2018’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 13 school districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia were recipients of this award.

Now in its 18th 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.

[04/17/18]   Congratulations to the Briar Woods Falcon Percussion Ensemble for placing 1st in the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships Concert Division this past weekend at South County High School. Our Briar Woods Percussion students finished their season as the "Gold Medalist" or State Champions in the Concert Percussion Class for the state of Virginia. Briar Woods is very proud of these great musicians.

Great Performance from the Freedom Cluster last night!!

Park View’s World View Ensemble Hits the Road – Get Out Loudoun

Great Article and tribute to both the students and our esteemed Dr. Loncar and family


Briar Woods High School
Liam Barron
Paul Na
Jacob Zerega
Kelly Zhou

Broad Run High School
Maddie Littman

Dominion High School
Matthew Cahill
Christopher Goodhart
Nick Martinez
Jaxon Myers
Julia Pimentel
Connor Smith
Rebecca Williamson
Soe Wunna

Freedom High School
Holly Casserly
Aaron Chai
Julian Lee
Zhiyuan Li
Aydyn O’Brien
Eshaan Rawat
Ethan Van Slyke

Heritage High School
Jeremy Raecke

John Champe High School
Caroline Chung
Sanika Gupte
Sophia Seo
Lexi Tenny

Loudoun Valley High School
Kerry Blake
Kendra Luedke
Cole Sheffer
Justin Zhang

Potomac Falls High School
Abigail Asuncion
Kevin Chiang
Alexander Rice
Samuel Shapiro
Tanvi Thatai

Rock Ridge High School
Jordan Green
Lauren Janoschka
JD Maxey
Nayha Pochiraju
Emily Pozniak
Meredith Scarboro
Vikas Venuthurupalli

Stone Bridge High School
Anna Clark
Andrew Fuerst
James Good
Megan Hajdo
Liam McGrail
Bethany Shears

Tuscarora High School
Jordyn Anthony

Woodgrove High School
Kristina Ayers
John Burroughs
Colleen Clark
Savannah Geiger
Riannon Miller
Somerset Peede
Caroline Roden
Zoe Skrobialowski


Fifty-nine Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) middle school students were selected for the ACDA Middle School Honors Chorus to be held Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7 at First Baptist Church in Richmond. This group is sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.

Belmont Ridge Middle School
Alexander Footen
Talia Lytle
Jack Martinez
Jacob Miniuk

Blue Ridge Middle School
Kaylee Stanton

Brambleton Middle School
Angelina Sides

Eagle Ridge Middle School
Anna Osborne
Jenna Spaeth
Collin Vander Hoek
Alyssa VanLandingham

Harmony Middle School
Alex Amos
Tommy Ayers
Lily Eddy
Bethany Folks
Annie French
Travis Gahafer
Hudson Geiger
Brady Lane
Rhett Miller
Luke Murtaugh
Eliza Prymak
Brielle Schermerhorn
Kaylee Stanton

Harper Park Middle School
Gwendolyn Chase
Neve Holloway
Tyler Kaplan
Michele McKee

JL Simpson Middle School
Avery Abramson
Sofia Cipolloni
Mia Rodgers
Anna Takemoto
Lily Takemoto

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Swetha Bharat
Carleigh Fick
Mansavini Iyer
Leelie Kebede

River Bend Middle School
Miriam Aslam
John Aslanes
Riley Freck

Seneca Ridge Middle School
Keila Nieves

Smart's Mill Middle School
Kristina Breland
Patrick Hensley
Brooke Lambdin
Aurora Neumiller
Dillan Vanzego

Stone Hill Middle School
Mihika Bangarbale
Maggie Cantwell
Jason Devarapalli
Danny Fortuno
Keerthana Govindarajan
Nyla Graham
Samantha Hall
Kylie Miller
Eshaan Nair
Ishan Saha
Reagan Threadgill

Trailside Middle School
Mary Kate Connor
Matthew Detweiler
Evelyn Jones


The Freedom High School Artist Guitar Ensemble has been selected to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Tuesday, March 20th. This is part of the Kennedy Center’s Department of Music Education’s continuing commitment to showcase young artists in local schools. It also corresponds with Music in Our Schools Month. This select ensemble, under the direction of Sam Wong, is one of only three ensembles from the entire Washington Metropolitan area who will be performing. The other two groups are the Colgan Performing Arts High School Chamber Ensemble (Prince William County) and the John Hanson Montessori School Chorus (Prince George’s County). These three groups were selected by rigorous audition criteria.

The Freedom High School Artist Guitar Ensemble will be performing between the times of 6 and 7 p.m. on March 20th. The performance is free and open to the public.


The 2018 All-County Orchestra Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Dominion 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 2018 All-County Orchestra. Rehearsals and workshops will be Friday, March 16 through Saturday, March 17 at Dominion High School. The event features two outstanding orchestras under the direction of Dr. Johannes Dietrich, music professor at Lebanon Valley College and conductor of the Lebanon Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Stephen Matthie, director orchestras at Rock Run Middle School in Chantilly, Virginia.

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