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

Our Next Concerts

Spring 2023 Classical Concert:
Folk Music from Around the World

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 8:00 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

Aaron Copland.
Fanfare for the Common Man.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17.
Ralph Vaughan Williams. English Folk Song Suite
Charles Stolpe. “Voided Dimensions” (World Premiere)
Christopher Johnston. Variations on “Arirang” – Eunju Kwak, violin
George Gershwin. Selections from Porgy and Bess

NOTICE TO CELLISTS: We currently have openings for advanced musicians in our cello section. If you are interested in joining the NOVA Symphony Orchestra, please scroll to the bottom of this page (Interested in joining?) and follow the instructions to submit a Player Information Form.

Upcoming Concerts

Summer 2023 Pops Concert:

Friday, July 14, 2023, 8:00 p.m., at Mason District Park in Annandale.

Stay tuned for more information.

Fall 2023 Classical Concert:

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 8:00 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

Stay tuned for more information.

TICKETS for the Spring 2023 Classical Concert will be 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

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

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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