A Collaborative Partnership between Northern Virginia Community College and the Reunion Music Society


Learn more about the NOVA Symphony Orchestra

As 2023 came to a close, the NOVA Symphony Orchestra completed thirty years of bringing music to Northern Virginia. Throughout 2024, our orchestra will be celebrating our 30th anniversary. For our formal spring classical concert, we’ll be offering music that we have played during the past thirty years but not recently. For our formal fall classical concert, we plan to offer a major work that we have never performed during the past thirty years. Please plan to celebrate with us.

Our Next Concert

Spring 2024 Classical Concert:

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 8:00 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

Program
Beethoven. The Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124 (last played Friday, November 10, 2017)
Haydn. Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London” (last played Friday, November 13, 2009)
Intermission
Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (last played Friday, November 08, 2013)
Rodgers. “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” (last played Friday, November 12, 2004)
Ward
. America the Beautiful(with chorus – last played Friday, November 15, 2019)

TICKETS for our classical concerts are available at the door or in advance from any member of the orchestra.

General Admission – $20.00
Non-NOVA Students – $15.00
NOVA Students and Children 12 and under – Free

ONLINE ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE is now available!
To purchase general admission tickets in advance for our concert on May 4, 2024, please come back later.

Upcoming Concerts

Spring 2024 Classical Concert:

Saturday, May 04, 2024, 8:00 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

Summer 2024 Pops Concerts:

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 7:30 p.m., in Room 118 of the Fine Arts Building on the Alexandria campus of the Northern Virginia Community College

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 7:30 p.m., at the Mason District Park Amphitheater in Annandale.

Fall 2024 Classical Concert:

Sunday, November 10, 2024, 4:00 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

Stay tuned for more information.

Our History in Brief

In the Spring of 1994, the Reunion Music Society, Inc. (RMS) and NVCC President Richard J. Ernst formed a partnership that created The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra  as the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus.

In 2021, the orchestra was renamed the NOVA Symphony Orchestra in recognition of its expanded role serving the entire Northern Virginia Community College. It now uses the new Fine Arts building on the Alexandria Campus as its base for rehearsals and collaborates closely with the Music Department there.

The Orchestra Today

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra is a high-level orchestra composed of volunteer players from the DC metropolitan area. We are a mix of student, adult, and professional musicians. The orchestra uniquely serves our community in several ways:

  • It affords community musicians the opportunity to play in a full symphony orchestra, playing at an advanced level.
  • It brings high-quality programs to our audiences.
  • It provides an ensemble class experience for enrolled Northern Virginia Community College students. The College offers an associate degree in Fine Arts. All members of the orchestra can add value to their experience by enrolling in MUS 148/248 for college credit each semester.
  • It creates a venue to discover and present the works of little known composers and offer programs of seldom heard and/or performed music.
  • It fosters and promotes music of different cultures and heritages, and programs performances for diverse audiences.
  • Orchestra players participate in several other RMS-supported ensembles, including Brass, Chamber Music, and Jazz. The synergy of this mix of activities brings variety to our audiences and provides excellent opportunities for out players to develop their musicianship.

The orchestra has performed works such as:

  • Beethoven Symphonies 1, 5, 6, 8
  • Brahms – Academic Overture
  • Elgar – Enigma Variations
  • Holst – The Planets
  • Mendelssohn – “Scottish” and “Reformation” Symphonies, Hebrides and Saint Paul Overtures
  • Mozart – Symphonies and overtures
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
  • Rodrigo – Concerto de Aranjuez (for guitar)
  • Rossini – The Barber of Seville
  • Sibelius – Finlandia
  • Smyth – Overture from “The Wreckers”
  • Still – Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American”
  • Tchaikovsky – Marche Slave
  • Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Concerto for Four Violins
  • Johnston – From Far And Away (commissioned by the Reunion Music Society)
  • and many works by Josef Haydn, Leo Delibes, Gilbert and Sullivan, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Richard Rogers, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, James Horner, Eugène Bozza, Leonard Bernstein and many others.

Orchestra Administration

Music Director: Christopher Johnston

President: Bruce Salad

Librarian: Sharon Jones
Assistant: Laura Pilkington

Administrative Section leaders:

  • Violin I: Patrick Geddes
  • Violin II: Adriana Gonzalez
  • Viola: Margie Bassman
  • Cello: Sharon Jones
  • Bass: Andrew Johnston
  • Woodwinds: Mitch Bassman
  • Brass: Lou Brundidge
  • Percussion: Claiborne T. Richardson, II

Questions? Email NOVA.Symphony.Orchestra@gmail.com

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