The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, SONOVA, provides high-quality classical music to Northern Virginia and the surrounding area. With every concert, our dedicated musicians strive to entertain and educate as we bring affordable, accessible classical music to audiences in the region.

We began as a small, government-funded orchestra in Arlington County, Virginia. In 2011, SONOVA's conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, and a group of committed musicians established a large, independent, professional-quality symphony orchestra.

Our home theater is the beautiful George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater. Over the years, 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. Additionally, SONOVA has performed at such venues as Arlington’s Spectrum Theater, The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, the historic Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C., the White House, and Colonial Williamsburg’s historic Bruton Parish.

We routinely perform with world-class guest artists, conductors, and musicians. We have been joined onstage by world-renowned soloists and conductors Jorge Saade-Scaaf, Sofya Gulyak, Juan Carlos Escudero, Krystal Rickard-McCoy, Jackson Caesar, Laura Wehrmeyer, Bakaari Wilder, David Timpane, Barry Hemphill, and many others.

We also place special importance on collaborations and American and world premieres. Over the years, SONOVA has given premiers of works by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Peter Rauch, Paul Leavitt, Michael Ream, and William Burdett.

Northern Virginia Magazine:
“NOVA has a world-class symphony in the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia.”


John Janega, President

James E. Lewis, President Emeritus

Val Rauch, Vice President

Emily Harmon, Secretary

Peter Vitaliano, Treasurer

Serena Sela, Strategic Communications Director