The symphony orchestra of northern Virginia (SONOVA) provides high-quality classical music to Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas, while upholding our standards of outreach, education, and entertainment.


The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) began as a small, government funded, Arlington County orchestra. Wildly popular with audiences and musicians alike, in 2011, the conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, and the committed musicians established a large, independent professional-quality symphony. Delighting audiences throughout the region, SONOVA’s home theater is the beautiful George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater. Additionally, SONOVA has performed at such venues as Arlington’s Spectrum Theater, the historic Church of the Reformation in Washington, DC, and for three years in a row, the White House, and Colonial Williamsburg’s historic Bruton Parish. SONOVA has been invited to perform throughout the Mid Atlantic region with arts organizations as wide ranging as renaissance choirs, tap dance companies, symphonic choirs, and Broadway artists. SONOVA routinely performs with world class guest artists, conductors, and musicians, and places special importance on collaborations and American and world premieres. SONOVA has given premiers of works by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Peter Rauch, Paul Leavitt, Michael Ream, and William Burdett, and has been joined onstage by world renowned soloists and conductors Jorge Saade-Scaaf, Juan Carlos Escudero, Krystal Rickard-McCoy, Jackson Caesar, Laura Wehrmeyer, Bakaari Wilder, David Timpane, Barry Hemphill, and many others.


James E. Lewis, PRESIDENT

VAL RAUCH, Vice President

Michael Ream, Secretary

peter vitaliano, Treasurer