68 Years of Outstanding Music Education

The Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, voted the top local Music Teachers Association 2004 by the Music Teachers National Association, provides diverse educational opportunities for teachers and students in pursuit of personal growth in music.  Its mission:  to stimulate the study and enjoyment of music, to broaden the vision and expertise of its members, to promote musical culture in the community, and to reinforce the objectives of its state and national organizations.  Join!

Our members offer music lessons in cello, clarinet, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, organ, piano, viola, violin,  strings,  trumpet, voice, and more in Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Loudoun, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Sterling, Vienna.

 Upcoming Event: April 7-8 Alan Fraser Mini Institute (scroll to the bottom)


Next NVMTA Program:  February 28, 2018

NVMTA Presents Alina Kirshon-Goldman with Joel Ayau

Musical Journey into the World of Painting

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Music Spectrum School for the Arts,
465 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170
10:00-10:45 General Business Meeting
10:45-a.m. – 12 p.m. Program


Alina Kirshon-Goldman has participated in international festivals and competitions in Austria,the Czech Republic, Israel and the United States. Upon her graduation with doctoral degree in voice performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016, Alina received Dean’s scholarship award for her research in the field on Israeli Art Song. During her doctoral studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, Alina performed the role of Leonora in the opera Inquisitive Women by Wolf Ferrari in the Main Stage Opera Production. She was a finalist of Concerto competition and performed in several chamber music recitals.

Alina joined Washington National Opera Chorus in 2017 and was seen in Verdi’s Aida. Her recent engagements also include the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s adaptation of Madama Butterfly with Loudoun Lyric Opera. Alina is a recipient of America Israel cultural foundation grant and a third place winner of Paul Robeson Vocal Competition. Dr. Kirshon-Goldman is a founder and director of Alina’s Music Studio in Northern Virginia where she teaches voice and violin lessons.

Pianist, conductor, teacher, and coach Joel Ayau enjoys an astonishingly diverse musical career. A recent graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera, he has also worked on the music staff of companies including Opera Memphis, Wolf Trap Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, the Castleton Festival, Toledo Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Music Academy of the West. In the 2017-2018 season, he will serve as an assistant conductor for the Washington National Opera productions of Aida, The Little Prince, and The Barber of Seville.

As a pianist, Mr. Ayau has excelled in the fields of both instrumental and vocal accompanying. Described as “zesty” and “energetic” by the New York Times, he has performed instrumental recitals with luminaries including David Halen, Charles Neidich and principal members of the Vienna Philharmonic, National Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He has accompanied legendary singers such as Andrea Bocelli, Frederica von Stade, and George Shirley, as well as rising stars including Alyson Cambridge, Zach Borichevsky, and Kathryn Lewek, in venues including Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and National Concert Hall in Taipei.  Mr. Ayau is a regular performer at many of the venues at the Kennedy Center; his recent performances of the Ben Folds Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, accompanying the Nashville Ballet in the Kennedy Center Opera House, were praised as “a worthy spectacle” by DC Theatre Scene.

Mr. Ayau holds the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano, having studied under renowned pedagogue Martin Katz. He earned a Masters in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School, and bachelors degrees from New York University in Computer Science and Piano Performance. He is a regular guest professor at George Washington University and several universities in Taiwan. From 2011 – 2014 he served as pianist for the United States Army Chorus, performing for foreign dignitaries and audiences around the country.

This must be the place, Musical journey into the world of painting

Alina Kirshon-Goldman, soprano, Joel Ayau, piano

Three Songs without Words by P. Ben-Haim



Sephardic Song

The Bird by J. Duke

Lilac by S. Rachmaninoff

Nuit d’étoiles by C. Debussy

Il est bon from the opera Herodiade by J. Massenet II est doux

Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon by F. Poulenc:

Fêtes galantes

Les chemins de l’amour

Les filles de Cadix by L. Delibes

Un bel di vedremo from the opera Madama Butterfly

La Canzona di Doretta from the opera La Rondine by G. Puccini


Upcoming Event: April 7-8 Alan Fraser Mini Institute

Canadian pianist, pedagogue and author Alan Fraser is best known for his landmark work, The Craft of Piano Playing, which examines the innate structure and function of the human hand to help pianists replace tension and over-relaxation with effective hand activation. Initially designed to help top-flight pianists add a further dimension of virtuosity and expressiveness to their technique, his approach known as Craft of Piano Method empowers even amateur and beginning pianists because it deals with aspects of human structure and function we all share.

Fraser has drawn on his early studies with pioneer pianist and psychologist Phil Cohen of Montreal, side trips into Tai Chi and Feldenkrais Method, and a 20-year collaboration with the Croatian virtuoso Kemal Gekic to develop this innovative approach to piano technique. He now lives in Serbia where he is Professor of Piano and Feldenkrais Method at the Art Academy of the University of Novi Sad. He concertizes and gives master classes worldwide, and continues to write and develop new pedagogical materials related to Craft of Piano Method. More at www.alanfraser.net .

Please join us for the April  7-8 Mini Institute at Woman’s Club of Arlington  1:00-5:00 pm
Registration information:   Fraser Mini-Institute Registration