The Northern Virginia Guitar Trio is a new and exciting chamber music ensemble of very talented and passionate young musicians. Loudoun County Public School instructors Joseph Ikner and Sam Wong formed the ensemble to help students of similar interests and ability explore music at the highest level and to help th realize their fullest potential. The two encouraged Drew Holcomb, a senior at Heritage High School, Kate Oliphant, a senior at Freedom High School, and Young Jun Lim, a sophomore at Freedom High School, to create the trio together. By late August of 2009, the group was working to master their repertoire and preparing for scholarship opportunities like the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award sponsored by From the Top. 'Sakura- theme and Variations' was composed by Joseph Ikner for the Nova Guitar Trio to showcase theiremindividual talents. The members of the NOVA Guitar Trio have performed as soloists in the master classes of many well known artists such as Jason Vieaux, Elliot Frank, Adam Holzman, Andrew Zohn, Bob Teixeira, and others and are active participants in major festivals like the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop. They also compete regularly and are top prizewinners in guitar competitions like the John and Susie Beatty Competition in Washington D.C, the Aguado Guitar Club Solo Guitar Competition, and the Bland Music Scholarship Competition. Drew and Kate have also received the Award for Excellence in the Arts presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.