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:

To apply, please submit this Player Information Form.

Questions?  Email

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, modern and commissioned works, and pops in the summer.

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?


Class meets every Wednesday at 7:30 on Zoom.  Players are organized into small ensembles (quartets, etc.) which rehearse independently. See the For Our Musicians page for details.


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. First rehearsal of each NVCC semester is generally the first Wednesday of the semester. We rehearse and perform during the semester, with the last session, after the final concert, being a classroom gathering for MUS 148/248 students to give presentations based in assignments from the Music Director.

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.