Our Program

Choirs

Concert Choir

The “chorus for everyone,” Concert Choir is a beginning- level chorus of mixed men’s and women’s voices, but singers of all grades and experience are welcome. Emphasis is on correct vocal performance techniques. Repertoire includes traditional and classical art songs and musical theater songs.

Herndon Chorale

This group offers advanced choral experiences specifically for women’s voices. Students develop both musicianship and proficiency in ensemble performance. Course content includes a study of choral literature from all music periods and styles, vocal techniques, and sight-singing.

SUPERNOVA Show Choir

SUPERNOVA is Herndon’s Show Choir. Students develop musicianship and proficiency in ensemble performance, study of appropriate literature, emphasizing musical theatre and pop vocal techniques, sight-singing, and choreography. Repertoire includes selections from popular music, jazz standards, and Broadway musicals. Students also gain experiences in stagecraft, costuming, makeup, and expressive movement.

Vocal Jazz

Vocal Jazz is an Jazz choir for advanced mixed voices. Emphasis is on rehearsal and performance techniques from the genre of jazz standards, blues, and ballads. This class meets outside of the regular school day.

Madrigals

The Herndon High School Madrigal ensemble is an advanced chamber group in which emphasis is placed on the development of musicianship and proficiency in ensemble performance. Course content includes a study of choral literature, vocal techniques, and sight-singing. Repertoire can include popular and sacred songs in English, Italian, German, or French. Madrigals have a heavy schedule of extracurricular performances during the December holiday season.

The Directors

Dana Van Slyke

Dana Van Slyke has served as choral director at Herndon High School since 1995. During her time there, she has conducted the Concert Choir, Herndon Chorale, Heatwave show choir, the Madrigal Singers, Bennett Street Boys and the Shebees. In addition, she has taught AP and introductory music theory.

Under her direction, the Herndon choirs have received much recognition for their excellence in performance. The Herndon Madrigals have performed at the White House six times in the past ten years. In 2003 and 2008, the Herndon Madrigals and Vocal Jazz were featured at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference. Ms. Van Slyke received the Commendation of Excellence as a Fairfax County Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2004 and the Herndon Optimist Club Partnership in Education Award in 2006. In 2011 Mrs. Van Slyke was selected to receive the Wolftrap Performing Arts Teacher Scholarship Award. She used her cash award to commission a special piece, entitled, “Savor So”. It was premiered in May 2011 by the HHS Choirs.

Ms. Van Slyke is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in music education and vocal performance. She also holds a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Jim Van Slyke serves as the vocal jazz clinician for Herndon High School. He has also served extensively as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and guest speaker. A nationally recognized vocal coach, Jim has taught on the voice faculties of Ithaca College, Catholic University, and Shenandoah Conservatory and he has active studios in both the New York City and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas. Student credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, the Metropolitan Opera, and even the Radio City Rockettes.

As a solo artist, Jim has sung on stages throughout the United States and Europe and has received critical acclaim for his New York cabaret performances. In 2006, Jim signed with the prestigious LML Music record label and released his debut album, Open Road. The album earned a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album, and Jim received an ASCAP songwriters award for his self-penned title track. August 2011 marked the release of his new album, “The Sedaka Sessions” featuring the music of Neil Sedaka including two duets with the pop music legend.

Jim is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in vocal performance. He also holds a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy/performance from Catholic University

Jim Van Slyke