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

Learn more about the NOVA Symphony Orchestra

As 2023 ended, 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.

Support the NOVA Symphony Orchestra. To place a paid advertisement in a future concert program or to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the activities of the NOVA Symphony Orchestra, please visit the Reunion Music Society’s Donate page: DONATE HERE!


Upcoming Concerts

Three Summer 2024 Pops Concerts: Music from the Movies!

1. Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2024, 2:30 p.m., at Hunter’s Crossing in the Greenspring Senior Living Community in Springfield.
Access to this concert is controlled by Greenspring. If you are not a resident of Greenspring, please contact that facility for information about attending this pops concert.

2. 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.
NOTE: Space is limited. Admittance to this concert is only by FREE ticket. Please bring your ticket to be admitted. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite. For tickets, please click here TICKETS or scan the following QR code:

3. Sunday, July 21, 2024, 7:30 p.m., at the Mason District Park Amphitheater in Annandale.
NOTE: The amphitheater is spacious. We look forward to seeing you on July 21st.

Fall 2024 Classical Concert:

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

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 will be available in the fall!

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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