- Dr. John Wulff - Professor of Music and Program Head
Dr. Wulff has been a professor of Music at NOVA for over 30 years. He currently administers the keyboard program and teaches Music Theory, Music Appreciation, History of Jazz and Class Piano. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University and his master’s degree from Catholic University of America. Dr. Wulff also directs the Sacred Music Small Vocal Ensemble.
- Curt Christensen - Brass and Trumpet
Curt Christensen graduated in 1986 from The Juilliard School where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in trumpet performance. He studied with William Vacchiano, Principal Trumpeter of The New York Philharmonic, Mel Broiles, Principal Trumpeter of The Metropolitan Opera, and Donald Green, Principal Trumpeter of The Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science in Music from Air University Community College of the Air Force and is continuing his Ph.D. studies at George Mason University.
Curt began studying trumpet at the age nine with his father, a now-retired elementary school band director. At the age of 14, he began performing professionally with the Mount Clemens Symphony Orchestra. He spent his summer high school years at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich. In 1980 and 1981, at Interlochen, he won the prestigious concerto competition and performed as a featured soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Curt retired from the U.S. Air Force Band (USAF) in 2012 after 26 years. He is the former Principal Trumpeter of The USAF Concert Band, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Concert Band, he was a member of Ceremonial Brass, the official ceremonial unit of The USAF Band, where his duties included the distinctive honor of being a bugler at Arlington National Cemetery. Curt enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 and began his career as a cornetist assigned to The Tactical Air Command Band at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.
He performed regularly as a soloist with The USAF Band, and other ensembles nationwide. Some notable pieces in his repertoire include: The Second Concerto for Trumpet by Andre Jolivet, Excursions by Bruce Broughton, his own arrangements of La Virgen (de la Esperanza) de la Macarena by Bernardino Monterde and the Concerto in E of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and the Sachse Concertino, Oskar Bohme’s Concerto in F-minor, Helsinki Serenade by Mel Broiles and many of the cornet solos composed by Herbert L. Clarke. He also is in demand nationally as a clinician, conducting Master Classes for students from elementary age to seasoned professionals.
Curt is an active participant in chamber music, often presenting recitals accompanied by organ, piano and brass. He performs the standard trumpet repertoire and adds diversity by expanding the literature with his arrangements of music not usually associated with the trumpet. While in the USAF Band, he was the leader and music director of the Blue 82 Brass, touring the America performing recitals and clinics. Curt was also a featured soloist on stage at The Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera in a variety of solo appearances, most notably the 1997 televised production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.
His performances, especially with The USAF Band, have taken him to all 50 states in the U.S., and to Canada, Mexico the West Indies, Europe and Asia, performing concerts and ceremonies for civilians, military leaders and international heads of state. Curt has performed live on television, radio and the Internet. An experienced recording artist, he performed on more than 50 U.S. Air Force recordings and on numerous civilian recordings.
- Jennene Estes - Strings and Cello
Jennene Estes is a music educator/performer and perpetual, lifelong re-educator! She has a bachelor's in music from James Madison University; a master's from SU; an Ed.S from George Washington University; and Certified Teacher in Music Together.
Jennene started teaching private music lessons in 1989. Her students have done remarkable things, including performing at prestigious music camps, engagements with The National Symphony and more! They have gone to the Virginia Governor’s School for the Performing Arts, were seated in the Regional and All State Orchestras; they’ve won state and national level composing competitions and they’ve gone on to become performers and educators themselves.
Jennene’s performing experience includes symphony stints, lots of musical theatre pit orchestras (cello and keyboards), worship music (voice and cello) various quartets, trios and other ensembles, recording sessions and even a two-year long stint in an all Vietnamese Orchestra. She is featured on the DVD Asia or Paris by Night! Jennene also dabbles in live sound reinforcement.
- Lisa Fiorilli - Woodwinds, Saxophone and Clarinet
Lisa Fiorilli earned her undergraduate degree in music performance with a concentration in saxophone from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she studied with contemporary saxophonist John Sampen. She began graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and held a graduate teaching assistant position there.
While at UMass, she studied with Lynn Klock and co-taught a music history class. She ultimately completed her master's in English through George Mason University, and she currently instructs NOVA Dual Enrollment English classes in conjunction with LCPS. Lisa also provides music lessons for saxophone and clarinet at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, and she maintains a Virginia licensure in music education.
In addition to teaching, Lisa is active as a performer in the community, having played with the Capital Wind Symphony, Riverside Saxophone Quartet, the Pickwick Players, and the Franklin Park Big Band. Lisa has a classical/modern music background in saxophone, but lately she has been focusing on jazz improvisation and mastering her woodwind doubles (clarinet, bass clarinet, and bassoon) in an effort to continually expand her musical abilities.
- Jon Goldberg - Composition, Theory and Chamber Ensemble
Jon Goldberg holds a bachelor's, cum laude, from North Texas State University, and a master's from the Manhattan School of Music. He also did postgraduate theory studies at the Mannes School of Music.
Jon currently teaches at NOVA's Loudoun Campus. He serves as conductor of the NOVA Chamber Orchestra, and teaches music theory and music history.
He is a founding member and was Music Director of the Endymion Ensemble, a New York City based chamber orchestra that gave a four-concert series of performances in Carnegie Recital Hall, sponsored by the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Jon conducted the world premiere of Song of Orpheus, in the chamber orchestra version by William Schuman and Jon Goldberg with the Endymion Ensemble. He also conducted the world premiere of the chamber orchestra version of William Schuman’s Night Journey, written for the Martha Graham Ballet.
Jon conducted the Memphis Symphony, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the El Paso Pro Arte Orchestra, and the Goldman Band in summer concerts at Lincoln Center.
He began his conducting studies with Carlo Faria, a protégé of Guido Cantelli, and spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, on the recommendation Leonard Bernstein.
- Ken Hall - Strings, Guitar; Guitar Theory/Ensemble
Ken Hall received a bachelor's from Westfield State University in Mass. in 1981 and a master's from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986, where he was awarded a teaching assistantship.
He studied classical guitar with Tim Olbrych and William Feasley and jazz guitar with Mick Goodrick, Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar.
Ken is an in-demand freelance guitarist playing engagements for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, Signature and Olney Theatres, Blues Alley and the Smithsonian. He toured the former Soviet Union with a 16-piece big band as a guest of the Soviet State Department and has performed with jazz greats Max Roach and Slide Hampton, country rocker Charlie Daniels, gospel great Andrae Crouch, comedienne Joan Rivers, and Italian crooner Al Martino.
He taught guitar as an adjunct faculty member at Amherst College, Westfield State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.
- Yvonne Kocur - Woodwinds and Flute
M.M. in Flute Performance, George Mason University
B.M. in Instrumental Music Education, George Mason University
Yvonne Kocur, a flutist, currently performs and teaches in the D.C. Metro area. She is the regular piccoloist with the Manassas Symphony, and often performs flute/piccolo with the American Festival Pops Orchestra. In addition, Yvonne was asked to perform with the Avanti Orchestra, the Loudoun Symphony, and the American Balalaika Symphony. She enjoys playing chamber music with the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet, and her own self-led ensembles grouped under the umbrella of Iridescence Music (http://iridescencemusic.com).
She is always looking for new ideas to inform her teaching, and her artistry, and she has taken lessons all over the country with esteemed flutists Aaron Goldman, Judith Lapple, Tadeu Coehlo, Brad Garner, Alexa Still, Jonathan Keeble, Linda Toote, Ali Ryerson, Jim Walker, Jill Felber, Gary Schocker, Mary Karen Clardy, Linda Chesis, and Bonita Boyd.
- Dr. Angela Marchese - Vocal, Voice and Class Voice
Dr. Angela Marchese, DMA, MM, BM
Dr. Angela Marchese is an accomplished performer in the U.S. and abroad. She is noted for her "rich, burnished tone". Dr. Marchese recently received her Ph.D. and master's from the University of Maryland, where she was also a member of the Maryland Opera Studio.
She has participated in master classes given by Luciano Pavaroti and Giuseppi Taddei. Dr. Marchese's most recent successes include performing as Soprano Soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and 2nd Place Winner at the Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also a national semi-finalist in the McAllister Awards Competition of Indiana Opera Theater and won 1st place in the I Malatesta Centro di Lingua e Cultura Competition in Rimini, Italy. Roles performed include, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Fiorgiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Mimi in La Boheme, Clara Schumann in the world premiere of the opera Clara, based on the life of composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, La Contestant in Le Nozzle di Figaro, and the title role in Gluck's Armide.
Dr. Marchese is also an avid recital performer. She specializes in bel canto technique and presented a lecture recital as part of her doctoral dissertation demonstrating and explaining the art of bel canto singing and interpretation.
- Cuong Van - Keyboard, Piano, Chorus and Small Vocal Ensemble
A.B.D. in Piano Performance; Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.
M.M. in Orchestral Conducting; Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.
Artist Diploma (AD) & Professional Studies (PS) in Piano Performance; Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio
M.M. in Piano Performance (5-year program); Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky, Moscow, Russia
Pianist Cuong Hung Van has performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Australia, and Europe and is the recipient of many international awards. His concert engagements in the U.S. include Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. In addition to winning the gold medal at Ohio's Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Cuong Hung Van was honored with first prize at the Frina Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City and second prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Cuong Hung Van is the music director and co-founder of the Loudoun Lyric Opera Company. He enjoyed the success of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir D’Amore” in a joining production of Loudoun Lyric Opera and Loudoun Symphony. A frequent guest conductor, he has returned to his hometown to conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera several times. Notably, he appeared with the ensemble in a performance of Brahms’s German Requiem. In celebration of the composers’ birth-year bicentenaries, he performed in his “Chopin Timeless”, and “All Schumann Program”, a series of piano recitals, in addition to directing Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in the same year. Cuong Hung Van was featured as the guest performer, faculty of the master classes, and principle lecturer of the First International Piano Festival held in Saigon, Vietnam.
He serves as a NOVA faculty member. Cuong Hung Van directed Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore: The Witch’s Curse!” as part of the collaboration between Loudoun Lyric Opera (LLO) and NOVA, with the chorus cored of NOVA’s MUS 137 and 237 Courses. He also led the company’s ensemble in the production of “Faust” by Gounod with triumph.
Cuong Hung Van's recent success with this local opera company includes many productions, including notably Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, Lehar’s “The Merry Widow”, Cimarosa “Il Matrimonio Segreto”, and Gilbert and Sullivan “The Mikado”. Successful collaborations with the Loudoun Lyric Opera have been the major focus of Cuong Van’s performances. Recently, his piano solo art has been under new visions and challenges reflecting his passion for the works of Romantic composers. The All Chopin Etudes recital series marked the return to his favorite composer and works.
- Dr. David Wolf - Percussion
DMA, Ohio State University
MM, University of Oklahoma
BM, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Adjunct Percussion Instructor, NOVA, Loudoun Campus
Percussion Director, James Madison High School
Percussion Director, McLean High School
Principal Percussionist, Great Noise Ensemble