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Found, Dr. Claiborne T. Richardson

The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra

      The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra began in 1994 as a collaborative arrangement between the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Annandale Campus music program and the Reunion Music Society. Formed as a college-community ensemble of musicians, the Orchestra was officially named the "orchestra-in-residence" of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center in the fall of 1994. The Orchestra is composed of members of the community, as well as NOVA students for whom the ensemble is a laboratory for the orchestral repertoire. The Orchestra performs a wide variety of music from around the world, demonstrating its versatility and its goals of presenting compositions of little-known composers and offering programs of seldom-heard music representing a range of cultures.

(Christopher Johnston, Music Director)

      Christopher Johnston has served as the orchestra’s Music Director since 1996. A native Virginian, Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Indiana University and earned a MA in Music in conducting at George Mason University. He is an adjunct professor at NOVA and conductor of the Orchestra. Mr. Johnston is also an instructor of Music and Computer Technology, teaching composition to high school students at the Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts. He has been nationally recognized for his work in music education, receiving the Claes Nobel Distinguished Educator Award in 2005 and the Wolf Trap Foundation Scholarship Award in 2006. Mr. Johnston was the recipient in 2008 of the LFI Virginia Leader in Education Award for his leadership in music education. An accomplished musician and mainstay of the Washington, DC music scene, Mr. Johnston is in frequent demand as a composer, conductor and keyboard recitalist.