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How do I join?

We always welcome new musicians to apply to join the orchestra. There is no audition requirement to play with the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra. We encourage prospective members to review the current and past music programs.  To apply, please submit this Player Information Form.  We will connect you with the section leader for your instrument for guidance.

The orchestra is currently especially welcoming applications for:

  • Violin
  • Double Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

We invite string players to sit in on rehearsals during the beginning of each semester. This will help you determine if our ensemble is the right fit for you.

Questions?  Email and include ATTN: followed by the appropriate section leader’s name.  You’re also welcome to browse the For Our Musicians page for rehearsal schedules and other details.

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

Who plays with the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra?

The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra is unique because it is both a college course and a community orchestra. Our members include students, former military ensemble musicians, semi-professional players, retired professionals, current and retired teachers, and amateur musicians from the community. We perform a varied repertoire, including classic symphonic standards and modern and commissioned works.

Is there a membership fee?

Although there is no fee to join the orchestra, we appreciate when our musicians register for MUS-148/248 through Northern Virginia Community College’s website. Our partnership with the College depends on our ability to register students for this course.

When does the ensemble rehearse?

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. during the academic semester. We meet on stage at the Ernst Cultural Center on NVCC’s Annandale Campus. The spring 2018 season runs from January 10 through our concert on May 4.

Rehearsals are mandatory for all musicians and include two sectionals each semester. If you need to miss a rehearsal, you are responsible for notifying your section leader in advance.

Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center (Theater)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796

Parking is available for free in the B lot.

I am in high school. Can I get dual-enrollment credit?

Yes!  Students may receive simultaneous high school and college credit by taking Northern Virginia Community College courses MUS 148 or MUS 238.  Contact your school counselor for details.