For Our Musicians2020-05-05T12:14:51-04:00

Schedule – 2020


We hope that the situation will permit us to resume rehearsals and concerts in the Fall.  Please monitor this page and your email for updates.

In the meantime, all players are most welcome to join the continuing Wednesday night Zoom sessions, in which we will be discussing making music at home, music appreciation, and other topics! Everyone is also highly encourage to engage in the Musicians’ Discussion Forum on this site.

To participate in these activities, email

Section Leader Contacts

First Violins: Brendan Slocumb (Concertmaster),
Second Violins: Sachi Rosenbaum,
Violas: Margie Bassman,
Cellos: Ralph Brooker,
Basses: Andrew Johnston,
Woodwinds: Mitch Bassman,
Brass: Lou Brundidge,
Percussion: Claiborne Richardson II,

Small Ensemble Performances

The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2019 included several highly-successful chamber concerts in the Alexandria Lyceum, which were highly successful.  Videos are posted here.

We will be resuming chamber concerts when the pandemic situation permits. If you are interested in performing a sonata, quartet, or in another small ensemble in the future, contact your section leader or Brendan Slocumb!  In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to work on their favorite pieces at home.

Rehearsal Guidelines

If you need to miss a rehearsal, you must inform your section leader ahead of time.  Section leaders will report enrolled student absences to the music director, who will determine if they will be recorded as excused or unexcused.

You are required to arrive on stage by 7:15 pm to get set up, do your main tuning, check that you have your parts, and check in with your section leader. If you are missing any parts, it is your responsibility to check the bins in the stage right wings. If you still have questions, you should speak to the librarian, Sharon Jones (cello section).  Sharon will not be available to assist you with parts issues after 7:25 pm.

At 7:25 pm, tuning will be led by our concertmaster.  We will take three A’s: one for winds, one for brass, and the last for strings. Please be silent during tuning.

At 7:30 pm, the music director will take the podium and all players must be ready to play.

We are responsible for putting away all chairs and stands left on stage at the end of each rehearsal and concert (unless our stage manager indicates otherwise).

Concert Guidelines

Dress for evening classical concerts, incl. Ernst and Schlesinger

Men: Black pants, white shirt, black jacket, black necktie, with black shoes and black socks.
Women: Ankle-length black skirt or black pants, black blouse with sleeves, with black shoes and black socks or stockings. No short skirts, please.

Dress for summer indoor pops concerts, incl. Ernst and Sherwood (black & white)

Men: Black pants, white long-sleeved shirt, with black shoes and black socks. (No jacket or tie.)
Women:  Ankle-length black skirt or black pants, white long-sleeved top, with black shoes and black socks or stockings. No short skirts, please.

Dress for daytime concerts such as Greenspring (black & black)

Men: Black pants, black long-sleeved shirt, with black shoes and black socks. (No jacket or tie.)
Women:  Ankle-length black skirt or black pants, black long-sleeved top, with black shoes and black socks or stockings. No short skirts, please.

Dress for concerts in the parks (khaki & white)

Men: Khaki pants, white polo/golf shirt. No flip-flops.
Women: Ankle-length khaki skirt or khaki pants, white polo/golf shirt. No short skirts, please. No flip-flops.


  • Bring water and stay hydrated if the weather is hot.
  • Bring mosquito repellent.
  • Bring clips to hold your music to the stand. A breeze may try to blow your music away at the most inopportune time!

Concert call times

Generally, call time will be 90 minutes before the start of the concert, to allow time for a last minute run-through of our repertoire. Call time indicates the time at which the music director takes the podium. As for regular rehearsals, you should arrive 15 minutes before the call time so you can get seated and prepared.

Stands and chairs

Before the concert, stands and chairs will normally be set out by the stage manager and section leaders. You are welcome to assist!
After the concert, before you go to the reception, you must help stack the stands and chairs in the racks provided by the stage manager!
For concerts in the parks, please volunteer to help unload the college truck before the call time, and help load it again after the concert.

Cancellation Policies

Concerts in the Ernst Cultural Center

Since the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra operates as a college course, we do not rehearse if the college is closed due to weather. Northern Virginia Community College communicates closings and delays in several ways:

  • Posted at the top of the college’s website.
  • On the site’s Closing Information page.
  • You may also call 703-323-3000. You’ll hear a recorded message at this number if the decision to close is made. Please do not call NVCC offices to ask about closings.

Concerts in Fairfax County Parks

Players must assume that a concert is NOT cancelled for weather unless:

  • You call the Fairfax County Parks hotline at 703-324-7469 and there is a cancellation announcement there. Note that they seldom make cancellations before 6:00 for 7:30 concerts.
  • You receive an email from the orchestra President, Director, or your section leader announcing a cancellation.

Otherwise, assume the concert is ON and you should arrive by the call time. Weather patterns vary tremendously throughout our area, so unless you have been notified by one of the above means, always report to the concert site.

Volunteering Opportunities

Keeping a full symphony orchestra running depends on a lot of volunteer support!  Please consider helping out with one or more of the following tasks:

For concerts:

  • Ticket desk in the foyer
  • Set up and assist with reception
  • Setup/breakdown at rehearsals and concerts
  • Organize music folder covers at concerts
  • Concert program preparation and printing (in coordination with the college)
  • Offsite concert support, including logistics
  • Ticket distribution to players
  • Ticket money collection
  • Find and coordinate concert keynote speakers
  • Concert ushers
  • Truck driver
  • Assist with securing venues for orchestra, chamber, and ensemble performances
  • Selling tickets to friends, neighbors, and relatives
  • Posting flyers in the community


  • Point person to interface with the Dean’s office
  • Outreach (to retirement communities, churches, schools, etc.)
  • Player roster maintenance, including keeping contacts up to date and tracking forms such as releases.
  • Corporate fundraising
  • Manage the “For our musicians” website page
  • Assisting the librarian
  • Rehearsal facilitator (help with lights, doors, etc during rehearsals)
  • Writing and graphic art for flyers and brochures
  • Photography
  • Email list maintenance
  • Coordinator for the Reception Fund
  • Caring/Morale Coordinator (such as organizing cards/flowers to members going through tough times)
  • Very important: sign up as a MUS 148 or 248 student!

Please contact your section leader and let them know which of these you’d like to help with.

Permission to use your name and photo

To allow us to show your name and photos on this website and in RMS/orchestra social media channels, please sign this release form and return it to your section leader.