NoVA Lights Chorale is a community-based vocal group based in Arlington, Virginia.
Participation in the Chorale is open to all interested performers in Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region. Welcoming all singers without regard to race, gender, national origin, faith, or musical training, this non-auditioned ensemble sings several concerts each year.
Its free performances include a wide range of musical styles, including popular, jazz, global, sacred, folk, holiday, and classical.
NoVA Lights is an independent corporation, not affiliated with any religious or cultural organization.
The Chorale's inaugural concert, "The World Sings for Peace," took place on September 11, 2011, and began with handbells tolling four dissonant chords representing the four crash sites on 9/11.
The program of remembrance included:
- "Iraqi Peace Song" in Arabic and English, with Darlene Sellars, soloist & Nancy Hardy, cello;
- "Ose Shalom," in Hebrew, with Chuck Gambrill, violin & Alisha Coleman, clarinet;
- "Like Rain Upon the Mown Field," sung in Korean by Gregory & Phidese Song, with Anna EunJoung Ko, piano;
- "For Peace," composed for the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence;
- "Amani," a Swahili song of peace;
- plus "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and other songs of peace.
NoVA Lights Chorale Artistic Director
An experienced and gifted musician with an established track-record in organizing and directing community groups, Barbara has received the Elizabeth Campbell Award for Outstanding Community Arts from the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Barbara Stefan tells why NoVA Lights Chorale was formed.
See the Support NoVA Lights page for more information about the Chorale.