About the Orchestra

The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra is a high-level orchestra comprised 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.

The orchestra has performed works such as:

  • Mendelssohn – “Scottish” and “Reformation” Symphonies, Hebrides and Saint Paul Overtures
  • Holst – The Planets
  • Beethoven Symphonies 1, 5, 6
  • Sibelius – Finlandia
  • Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Concerto for Four Violins
  • Mozart – Symphonies and overtures
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
  • Brahms – Academic Overture
  • Elgar – Enigma Variations
  • Rodrigo – Concerto de Aranjuez (for guitar)
  • Rossini – The Barber of Seville
  • Tchaikovsky – Marche Slave
  • Johnston – From Far And Away (commissioned by the Reunion Music Society)
  • and many works by Haydn, Delibes, 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, and many others.

Orchestra Administration

Music Director:  Chris Johnston

President: Joseph Pincus

Librarian: Sharon Jones

Section leaders:

  • Violin I: Brendan Slocumb
  • Violin II: Sachi Rosenbaum
  • Viola: Margie Bassman
  • Cello: Ralph Brooker
  • Bass: Andrew Johnston
  • Woodwinds: Mitch Bassman
  • Brass: Lou Brundidge
  • Percussion: Claiborne T. Richardson, II

Questions?  Email annandalesymphony@gmail.com and include ATTN: followed by the name of the person you wish to reach.

Interested in joining?  Submit a Player Information Form and we will get back to you.

Some Words From Our Student Members

“I’ve been playing trumpet since the fifth grade and I don’t plan to stop any time soon! The goal is to be a high school band director.” – Raina Payne, trumpet

“I am playing with the orchestra this semester because I love orchestral music! After NVCC, I intend to study trumpet at a four-year college.” – Riley Baisch, trumpet

“I’m on track for an associate’s degree in general studies. I heard about the NVCC orchestra and decided to join as a cellist. Being able to continue playing cello since coming to NVCC has been fun and I hope to remain a member for a while.” – Annie Polkinghorn, cello

“My major is music. My goal after NVCC is to transfer to JMU and continue playing the violin.” -Luis Tapia, violin

“As a sophomore in high school. I love being able to play and share music with a group of people so I choose to play with the NVCC Orchestra. I hope to continue to learn from this orchestra and continue playing percussion throughout high school and into college.” – Katie Slotten, percussion

“I was lucky to have great music teachers in middle and high school so I decided to go for an associates degree in music. I hope to continue playing violin after NVCC and after pursuing a business degree.” – Kristopher Longenecker, violin

“I decided to perform with the NVCC orchestra because it challenges me and it feels like home. My major is music education and I plan to teach music, as well as continue to perform with the NVCC orchestra.” – Richard Miranda, violin

“I am an Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Arts major here at Northern Virginia Community College. I wanted to personally take orchestra to pick up the cello again after only one year of playing. I plan to go to a four-year university and major in biology and music, then become a physician’s assistant specializing in wilderness medicine. I love playing cello and I absolutely love this orchestra. I will continue to play cello, learn viola, and string bass so I can play a diversity of instruments in upcoming semesters.” – Emily Johnson, viola