The symphony is open to all area musicians by audition or prior arrangement with the conductor. Members are expected to be prepared for a rigorous and aggressive rehearsal schedule. The symphony provides a quality performance opportunity for serious adult players, and our membership ranges from once-professional musicians to music teachers to players who have returned to music making after long periods in which they did not play. In addition, the symphony provides advanced high school players the experience of performing in a full symphony orchestra setting. Interested high school musicians who have the permission of their teachers are encouraged to contact the orchestra.
College credit is optionally available for members of the orchestra through the NVCC Alexandria Campus. NVCC students and public school teachers are encouraged to enroll for credit. All tuition fees for the course are covered by a scholarship provided by the symphony's Board of Directors.
As the symphony is an all-volunteer community service organization, players are not compensated for service.