Choral Department

The HBW Chorus Performance Recording Archive

Click here to access the GoogleDrive containing HBW Chorus Audio Recordings, 2000-Today

(Non-APS accounts require administrator approval, which will be provided as soon as possible)

Click here to see our unlisted YouTube Playlist,

including video recordings of past concerts and our 2020-21 Virtual Concerts

Click here to request access to our unlisted YouTube Playlist of our past Musical Productions

The Choirs of H-B Woodlawn

The H-B Woodlawn Community Chorus

Click here to access practice tracks for the 2023 Community Chorus. 

All students, alumni, parents, teachers, staff, neighbors and community members are welcome to join!The HBW Community Chorus is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in singing (students, teachers, staff, alumni, parents, neighbors, friends, etc.), to come together for a few rehearsals, learn how to sing, practice a few pieces, and perform at the Winter Choral Concert. NO experience is necessary, and ALL are welcome! If you’ve always wanted to try a chorus, if you sang in chorus in high school and wish you still did, if you think you CAN’T sing and just want validation of that, if you’re a renowned opera soloist, feel welcomed!! There are many great aspects of this group. It’s a chance to meet and collaborate with fellow HBW community members in ways you would not ordinarily. No experience is necessary to join. It is a short term, manageable commitment, only rehearsing a few times and then performing. The rehearsal schedule is VERY flexible, and somewhat optional… It’s more about the fellowship than it is about the musical product. AND, we get to sing TOGETHER!!


Treble & Basso Middle School Chorus

Grades 6-8 (Non-Audition), Meets 4 times per week during the school day

One of the many great fine arts electives offered to the Middle School students of HBW, the Middle School Choirs are a place where students can enjoy the art of singing.  Students are taught how to use their voices, develop a better sense of age appropriate vocal technique, train aural skills, learn to read music all while singing fun and enriching songs.  Middle School Chorus is taught in two separate blocks, each focused on the unique vocal development of treble singers (sopranos & altos) or basso singers (tenors & basses).  Middle School Chorus students perform four concerts along with the high school ensembles, attend the District Chorus Assessment, and go on a trip to King’s Dominion each year.  The chorus program is a great way for middle school students to get acquainted with H-B Woodlawn, meet and collaborate with students in all grades, and have a rewarding experience.

Treble & Basso Chorus

Grades 9-12 (Non-Audition), Meets 4 times per week during the school day

The Treble & Basso Choirs serve as the foundation for our high school choral program.  Singers learn to develop proper vocal technique, music reading skills, and knowledge of SATB choral repertoire.  The Treble and Basso Choirs are featured at our four annual concerts.  Additionally these choirs have learned and performed major works of the choral repertoire, including selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Rutter’s Mass of the Children.  In the end, singers of this ensemble explore the full range of music in the choral repertoire. Treble & Basso Chorus is taught in two separate blocks, each focused on the unique vocal development of treble singers (sopranos & altos) or basso singers (tenors & basses).


Grades 9-12 (auditioned), Meets 4 times per week during the school day

It was the Florentine Camerata of the late sixteenth century that met to improve the art of music and thereby society could be improved as well.  In that spirit, The HBW Camerata aims to perform demanding music of the treble repertoire with artistry and in the celebration of music, such as Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.  This ensemble explores their full range of vocal technique and is challenged with the most demanding sight reading skills.  For their accomplishments and dedication to fine arts, in 2007 the Camerata was invited to perform for the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) annual conference.

Chamber Singers

Grades 9-12 (auditioned), Meets 4 times per week during the school day

The H-B Woodlawn Chamber Singers seeks to refine the skills necessary to be a professional choral singer.  This ensemble continues to work on their full range of vocal technique and is challenged with the most demanding sight reading skills.  Together we explore the most demanding chamber music repertoire and seek to perform these pieces with mastery, including pieces by Palestrina, Bach, Brahms, Poulenc, and Whitacre.   The Chamber Singers’ reputation has created invitations to perform for the Jane Franklin Dance Company, the Alexandria Harmonizers, the annual Benefit for the Neediest Kids Foundation at Ford’s Theater, the 2004 and 2015 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) annual conference, with the Washington Chorus during their Christmas concert tour at the Kennedy Center and Music Center at Strathmore and performances at the Washington National Cathedral, New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, the White House, and Carnegie Hall.


Meet Bill Podolski

Bill Podolski has been the Director of Choral Activities at H-B Woodlawn for the past fifteen years where he teaches six middle and high choral ensembles.  Having earned a reputation for excellence, the HBW choirs are frequently invited to perform throughout the community, in major concert halls and in collaboration with fellow artistic organizations.  The HBW Chamber Singers have offered featured performances for the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, during the Washington Chorus’ Candlelight Christmas Concert at the Kennedy Center, and for Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden at the Naval Observatory.  In addition, Bill produces and directs the annual HBW High School Musical productions, which have included West Side Story, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and 9 to 5. 

Prior to H-B Woodlawn, Bill taught at Forest Edge Elementary School, Reston, VA, as general music teacher, drama coach and department chair. In 2007 he was awarded PTA Teacher of the Year and in 2008 his colleagues honored him with the Staff Recognition Award. Bill has also served as the Assistant Conductor for the Choralis Foundation and as Director of Music Ministry for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Sterling, VA.

As a professional and choral singer, Bill has performed various opera roles, featured solo recitals in St. Moritz, Switzerland and has participated in choral performances at Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, with the Cologne Philharmonic and in concerts leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and Shanghai.  He is a former member of the Voce Chamber Singers, the National Philharmonic Chorale and National Philharmonic Singers. As a conductor, Bill has served as Student Conductor for the Gemini Youth Chorale and the George Mason University choral program.  He is also frequently sought out to adjudicate singers and choir festivals.

Bill is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA).  In 2008, he was awarded the Colleen Kirk Award by ACDA for dedication and excellence in the first three years of teaching.  Bill is the Past President of the Virginia Chapter of ACDA.  He is also a former member of the Virginia Music Educator’s Association (VMEA) Young Leadership Symposium.

Bill is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelors of Music Education with a concentration in Vocal Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Education.  He received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University where he worked with renowned choral directors Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton and Andre Thomas. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.