A not-for-profit musical organization, the Vienna Choral Society (VCS) was formed in January 1987 to provide music for events sponsored by the Town of Vienna, community organizations, and the residents of Vienna and surrounding communities. Our membership and audience has since grown to serve a much wider radius in the DC-Metro region with singers and audience members from all over Fairfax County, Loudon County, and Montgomery County.
Our purpose is to present varied programs of high-quality music for public entertainment and personal enrichment, to promote greater appreciation and enjoyment of good music by the general public and to join with other organizations in giving our time and our talent to programs and activities that benefit our community.
Our members come from all backgrounds and walks of life. We share a love of singing and a desire to grow both in our awareness of the rich choral music that exists and in our abilities to perform it well. We are proud to have several founding members of VCS still within our ranks, and we warmly welcome new members who are interested in blending their voices with ours.
The Vienna Choral Society is a membership organization. The work of VCS is accomplished through a collaboration between the Members, the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director, the Executive Director, and the Accompanist. Members are asked to give additional volunteer time each year to perform for community events and celebrations, to serve on committees and to attend twice yearly VCS Membership Meetings. All Members are expected to sell tickets for the concerts.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
The VCS Board Members give many hours to planning and to ensuring that the work of the organization gets done and that sufficient moneys are raised. They also respond to the needs of current VCS Members and oversee the work of VCS staff members. They gladly wear many “hats” and demonstrate a devotion to and passion for choral music and the Vienna Choral Society!
Kevin Warner, President
Catherine Michela, Vice President
Linda Ferri, Treasurer
Melissa Hindley, Secretary
Artistic Director, Mike Horanski
Mike Horanski is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began both vocal and instrumental study at a very early age. His excellent training and rich experiences throughout his grade school years led to the pursuit of a music degree and a continued interest in both music performance and music education. Mr. Horanski earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he performed and studied conducting under the leadership of Dr. Brady Allred.
Mr. Horanski began his teaching career in the Pennsylvania public school system in the fall of 1997 serving for eight years as the choral director at Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Choirs under Horanski’s direction were invited to be featured performers for the MENC Eastern Division Convention, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2004, Mr. Horanski was nominated by the Fox Chapel Area School District as a candidate for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award. While managing a successful teaching career, Mr. Horanski concurrently served as the Tenor soloist and Youth Choir Director at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and performed with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. He also maintained a part time schedule as a private vocal instructor.
Mike Horanski joined the music faculty of Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax County Public Schools) as the Director of High School Choral Activities in the fall of 2005. At Robinson, Mr. Horanski directs four high school choral ensembles, and has in the past, sponsored the Robinson Secondary Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is past President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association. His ensembles study and perform a varied repertoire and consistently earn superior ratings at both district level and national level music festivals throughout the United States. Most recently, Horanski and the Robinson Select Women’s Ensemble were invited to perform for the Virginia Music Educators Association and the Robinson Singers and Select Women’s Ensemble qualified to compete in the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio where the ensembles qualified for the Champions level competition and earned silver medals. In 2014, the ensembles earned a Champions Level Silver Medal (Robinson Singers) and a Champions Level Gold Medal (Select Women’s Ensemble). Additionally, the Robinson Singers were invited to be the 2013 side-by-side chorus for The Washington Chorus’ Candlelight Christmas Concerts at The Kennedy Center and the Strathmore.
Mr. Horanski has served as a guest conductor for several choral festivals at the middle school and high school levels. For five years he appeared on live television as the music director and conductor of the “All-Star High School Choir” for the WPXI (Pittsburgh) Channel 11 “Carol Sing” broadcast. Horanski is currently active as a high school choral director, guest conductor, adjudicator and private vocal instructor. He also continues his musical work in the church setting serving as the Director of Music at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
Accompanist, Melvin Goodwyn
Melvin Goodwyn retired in 2009 from the Prince William County School division after 31 years as choral director and arts administrator. Mr. Goodwyn has served as the accompanist for the Virginia All-State Choir, the VMEA Honors choir, the ACDA “Voices United” conference, and numerous District choirs for over 15 years. Mr. Goodwyn has been awarded the “Excellence in the Arts” award by the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, the Outstanding Individual Performance Award by Prince William County Schools, the 2006 Seefeldt Award for outstanding arts advocacy and the 2006 Sidney Swiggett Award for service to the Virginia Choral Directors Association . He has served as President of both the Virginia Choral Directors Association and the Virginia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Goodwyn holds a Bachelor of Music degree with in an emphasis in piano from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music in Conducting from Catholic University. He currently serves as organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, VA.
Sohini Baliga joined VCS as a short-term consultant during the choir’s rebranding and relaunch in 2010. She has stayed to volunteer, sing, produce, and eventually lead.
Sohini holds a BA from UCLA and an MA from Rutgers-Newark, both in Literature. She comes to VCS with an extensive background in marketing and communications, business development, and event management.