Carol Boyd Leon

youth choir

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Kol NoVa, the Jewish Youth Choir of Northern Virginia, is open to all children in grades 2 and up

who love to sing contemporary Jewish music. There is no upper age limit. Currently, our oldest members are 16.

Our fun, spirited rehearsals are held about two Sundays per month at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA  from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are conducted by Carol, who founded the group in 2000.

The first rehearsal of our 2017-18 season takes place October 22, 2018. The year's first events will be the leading of a musical Friday evening service at Greenspring Village on December 8 and participating in our annual multigenerational Hanukkah concert and sing-along at The Jefferson on Sunday afternoon, December 17. (See below for our schedule.) One of the singers' favorite musical activities is our annual, fully-staged Purim musical.

Please contact Carol by email ( or phone (703-338-7631) if your child might be interested in trying out a rehearsal to experience the fun before deciding to join. Children need to be mature enough to rehearse for 90 minutes (including a brief break) and be comfortable in a multi-age group. Students join the group at various ages--some are as young as second or third grade, while others begin as old as 6th grader or beyond. There is no upper age limit, and the  mixing of ages is part of the secret to Kol NoVa's success.

Kol NoVa is a non-audition community youth choir; its members come from all over Northern Virginia. Kol NoVa members are wonderful, caring kids who are dedicated to singing with the group. Most stay with the group for many years.

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Past performances include a fully-staged Purim musical for two congregations, songleading at a Tot Seder, leading a Shabbat evening service at Greenspring Village and performing at the JCCNV Israel Street Festival. Because Carol sees the value of multigenerational events, Kol NoVa also sings occasionally with an adult choir, the Olam Tikvah Chorale.

Kol NoVa families end the year with a barbecue or beach party and balloon toss.

Children are welcome to try out a rehearsal before deciding whether to join. They really are fun! Just let Carol know to expect you. Tuition is $85/semester. Semester 1 is October-January. Semester 2 is February-May. Prorated tuition is possible for those who join late. Children may register for only one semester, but the learning is cumulative and essentially everyone sticks with it the whole year. Most of our members return year after year. 

Choir members are provided with a music binder, a Kol NoVa t-shirt and are loaned a performance vest.

Kol NoVa Calendar, 2017-2018

As of 7/11/17

Rehearsals at Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Alexandria, VA) are on Sundays from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

unless otherwise shown. A complementary pizza lunch is generally available at 12:10. 



  • Oct 22 rehearsal
  • Oct 29 rehearsal
  • Nov 12 rehearsal
  • Nov 19 rehearsal
  • Dec 3 rehearsal
  • Friday, Dec 8 - Greenspring Village Shabbat evening service; arrive 7pm for 7:15 start
  • Dec 17 Hanukkah concert at The Jefferson (arrive 2:15 pm) or Hanukkah party at Carol's house
  • 2018

    • Jan 7 Auditions
    • Jan 14 Purim rehearsal #1
    • Jan 21 Purim rehearsal #2


    • Jan 28 Purim rehearsal #3
    • Feb 4 Purim rehearsal #4
    • Feb 11 Purim rehearsal #5
    • Feb 25 Dress rehearsal at Greenspring Village theatre, 2-5 pm
    • Mar 4 Purim spiel at Beth El and Greenspring Village theatre; arrive 9:30 am at Beth El; performance at 11 am. Arrive 2 pm at Greenspring; performance at 2:30 pm, followed by hamantashen reception
    • Rehearsal for Tot Seder and Youth Choir Festival
    • Youth Choir Festival - arrive at NVHC at 2:15 pm for 2:30 pm rehearsal; performance at 4 pm
    • Saturday Tot Seder at Beth El; arrive 10:45 am for 11 am start
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    • Friday, May 11 Greenspring Shabbat evening service, arrive 7:00 pm for 7:15 pm service
    • End-of-year family BBQ at Carol's house (rain date in June)