Rock Ridge Sings

Rock Ridge High School choral booster club

The Rock Ridge Sings choral booster club was established in August 2014 to support the musical arts at Rock Ridge High School, and specifically the various choral music programs under the direction of Conductor Jordan Markwood.

Mission: The Rock Ridge Sings choral booster club mission has five components: 1. Encourage and facilitate growth, success and sustainability of the Rock Ridge choir program. 2. Provide fundraising support for choir expenses and related student activities. 3. Facilitate volunteer support for the choir program and its events, activities, and functions. 4. Promote the Rock Ridge choir program, including its performances, activities, students, and community. 5. Foster greater communication between students, parents, choir directors, school administration, and the community at-large, as relates to musical arts.

Join us Tuesday evening for our Winter Concert at 7pm!

Happy Snow Day! Enjoy these pictures from our caroling last night at the Birchwood clubhouse in Brambleton. Grateful for students that are willing to sacrifice their time to share their gift of music with others this holiday season!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Eid, Shukrana Shukrullah, and Ryan Nguyen for representing Rock Ridge at the Excellence in Education Banquet this coming weekend! We are proud of you!

Rock Ridge Performing Arts

Legally Blonde opens Thursday! Come out and support all of our Rock Ridge Singers in this production!

Omigod you guys, this is happening! Legally Blonde is opening in only FOUR DAYS. This company has worked so hard and our student directing team could not be more excited to show off their hard work. ✨ #rrpalegallyblonde

VMEA Senior Honor Choir Day 2 shenanigans! #rrsings

Rock Ridge representing at the VMEA Senior Honor Choir!

Come to our spirit starts at 4pm and ends at 8pm

Johnny Vet is today at 2pm! This is our last performance so you won’t want to miss it! See you there. You can purchase tickets at the door or online at

Join us this weekend for a special musical performance to pay tribute to our Veterans. Rock Ridge Sings, the West Point Alumni Glee Club and Rock Ridge Performing Arts are all teaming up to present Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn't Free this Friday @ 7pm and Saturday @ 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at We hope to see you there!

Cantus Avem joined former NFL player Santana Moss and Mayor Kelly Burk to focus on doing the most good today by singing for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringing Kickoff Ceremony in Leesburg! #SalvationArmy #RedKettleSeason #rrsings

Get ready for Johnny Vet! Coming soon! November 15 at 7pm and November 16 at 2pm! You don’t want to miss it!

Congratulations to our all of our Rock Ridge Singers selected to participate in the 2020 District XVI Honor Choirs!

Check out this feature post on the ACDA page about our own Mr. Markwood!

#ACDA member, Jordan Markwood, began his ACDA journey as part of his ACDA collegiate chapter and then found his continued membership valuable when he began his teaching career. "I enjoy attending the Southern Division and National Conferences and have had students participate in various conference choirs. The conferences have been an amazing opportunity to network, be inspired, gain new repertoire ideas, and see some amazing performances that motivate me to work even harder with my ensembles."
Jordan has utilized the network of colleagues that he has established through ACDA multiple times during his teaching career knowing "If I ever need ideas for anything I know I have a great group of friends that I can ask for assistance."

Find your own network of friends andcolleagues by joining ACDA.
#ACDAMembership #ACDASingUp

Rock Ridge Performing Arts

ARE YOU READY?? Peter Pan opens TODAY... don’t miss out on RRPA’s biggest show of the year. ✨🧚🏼‍♂️ #rrpapeterpan

With Veterans Day approaching, show your support for our veterans by coming out to watch our performance of Johnny Vet! There are two chances to to see this show, Friday, November 15th at 7pm and Saturday, November 16th at 2pm. We are partnering with the West Point Alumni Glee Club and Rock Ridge Performing Arts to put on this amazing show! You can buy your tickets in advance at We hope to see you there!

Come see Johnny Vet this November to support Rock Ridge Performings Arts and the veterans that served our country! 🇺🇸😁

West Point Alumni Glee Club

Looking forward to partnering with RRPA and West Point Alumni Glee Club to honor our Veterans. Come see Johnny Vet on November 15-16 to support our singers and Veterans! Tickets can be purchased at

Here is the Trailer Video for our upcomign Johnny Vet Show with Rock Ridge High School in November--enjoy!

Rock Ridge Singers performing at Waltonwood Senior Living Center today! We had our largest audience yet with over 20 residents listening to our students’ music. Way to bring out the “Serve” in R.I.S.E. Thanks again to Niki Lal for organizing this performance! #rrserves #tacyfoundation #rrsings

Serving up some candy at the Moorefield Station Fall Festival last night! Thanks to our student and parent volunteers for helping out and demonstrating the “Service” in RISE! #rrserves #fallfestival #rrsings

Future Phoenix Night was a huge success on Friday night! Thanks to Moorefield Station, Rosa Lee Carter and Stone Hill singers for joining us to sing the Rock Ridge Alma Mater and the National Anthem! The future is bright for #rrsings

Congrats to these Rock Ridge Singers for being selected to the VMEA Senior Honor Choir!

All County Chorus was awesome! Thanks to Heritage HS for hosting us and to the incredible conductors and accompanists for a wonderful day of music making!

So proud of all these Seniors for meeting at 4:30 a.m. on Homecoming weekend to travel to Longwood University to audition for the VMEA Senior Honor Choir so they could be back in time for the dance!

Congratulations to the 2019 Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter 7161 Inductees!

Chipotle Spirit Night tonight from 5-9 p.m. Come out and join us for dinner while also supporting our singers!

Throwback Day was a hit! Here’s some of the crew that participated in today’s Spirit Day before Musical Theatre class!

The Rock Ridge Alma Mater recorded by request for our awesome Eighth Grade Stone Hill singers that are preparing for the Future Phoenix Night in October 18!

Rockappella practicing “Take Me Home” last Friday after just their second rehearsal on this song!

Rock Ridge Singers and friends performing this morning at the Waltonwood Senior Living Center. Thanks to Niki Lal for arranging this performance in collaboration with the Tacy Foundation. I love seeing our students RISE to the occasion and share their musical gifts with others!

Technology at its best tonight at Rock Ridge’s Got Talent allowing one of last year’s winners Lauren Janoschka to be present to perform with the rest of her 9-to-5 trio! Congrats to all who performed tonight, you Rocked!

JMU ChoralFest was incredible! Thank you JMU ACDA and Dr. Amanda Quist for allowing us to make music with you. It was a joy!

Rockin’ it at JMU!

Singing under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist at the 2019 JMU ChoralFest in the beautiful Forbes Center for the performing arts.

The JMU ChoralFest has officially begun with our traditional breakfast trip to Mr. J’s Bagels!

Thanks to Nico Z. for painting our logo in the Chorus room. It looks awesome! This is student leadership in action!

We have Kettle Corn for sale! $10 for a bag! Purchase online at or see Mr. Markwood in the Chorus room to buy some!

Rockappella practicing their first song of the year!

Tailgate fun! Thanks to all our singers and parent helpers that made this event such a success! #Tailgate #PhoenixPride #rrsings

Join us for sign-making, face painting, corn hole, ladder ball, food and more! It’s gonna be the best tailgate yet so don’t miss out! #Tailgate #NationalAnthem #rrsings

Come and show your talent! 😁

The first meeting of Rockappella ‘19-‘20 was a success! It’s not to late to join! Meetings every Friday morning at 8:15 in the choir room.

Cantus Avem and Voces Virilis are happy to start another year in choir!

Check out this feature on our director, Jordan Markwood!

Today’s “Where Are They Wednesday” segment highlights Jordan Markwood, a Class of 2005 music education major with vocal emphasis. “I loved my time at Houghton,” he recalls. “I attribute a lot of my success and preparation for my career and music ministry to Houghton.”

After Houghton, Jordan immediately went on to graduate school at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. In the Spring of 2007, he received a Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance, with an emphasis in pedagogy. “Once I finished my degree at WCC, I moved home to Winchester, VA, and began teaching at the brand-new Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA,” Jordan recounts. “The choral program grew from 85 students to 450 during my time there.”

While in Winchester, Jordan traveled most summers as part of the adult staff for Voices of Youth, a youth mission choir sponsored by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. “I also was the music director for the all-women Shenandoah Valley Chorus (now SING!Shenandoah)—a Sweet Adelines Chorus located in Winchester,” Jordan writes.

Today, Jordan is the choral director and fine arts department chair at Rock Ridge High School PTSO in Ashburn, VA. “The choirs at Rock Ridge have received numerous honors,” says Jordan, “including singing on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for a Music In Our Schools Month celebration in 2017 and performing at the 2018 Virginia Music Educators Association Annual Conference.”

He is also the Director of Music at Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, VA, where he leads the choir and Galilee Praise Project. In 2017, the Houghton College Choir had the opportunity to perform at Galilee as part of their spring tour.

A recent career highlight for Jordan? “A quartet of my students ‘The Four Tones’ was invited (all expenses paid!) to go to Shanghai, China to perform on a Chinese Television Special celebrating China’s birthday and I traveled with them as their vocal coach.”

This is life as a Highlander! 💜💛

High School Students Do Better In Science, Math And English If They Also Take Music Lessons A new study shows that students who take music lessons in high school perform better in science, math and English.

We performed the national anthem last night at the football game and WE WON!

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