The Northern Neck Orchestra (NNO) is a full-sized symphony orchestra based in Kilmarnock, Virginia. Founded in 1991 and operating without interruption since its inception, the NNO performs three to four concerts yearly featuring selections from the standard symphonic orchestra repertory.
Concerts often include compositions from Broadway shows and other scores familiar to our audiences. Works featuring guest soloists as well as members of the orchestra are also a regular feature.
The NNO is comprised of enthusiastic amateur and talented student musicians as well as a number of professional musicians who come together out of a love of music and performance.
The Northern Neck Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) corporation managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. The orchestra is funded through ticket sales; donations from private citizens; advertising from local businesses; and grants from the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dominion Foundation, The Bank of Lancaster, Bay Trust, the River Counties Community Foundation, the Lula & Mason Cole Charitable Trust, and the Tidewater Foundation and its annual fundraising event the Holly Ball. We thank you all!
The mission of the Northern Neck Orchestra includes:
- providing exposure to the orchestral repertoire through performances of high artistic quality,
- educating the community regarding the preservation and development of the musical arts,
- enabling local musicians to rehearse and perform in an organized setting, and
- encouraging the development of young musical talent through mentoring and performance opportunities.
The Northern Neck Orchestra is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of musicians and non-musicians who are enthusiastic about advancing the mission of the orchestra. Board members are members of the community who bring a wide range of experience to the table. They are charged with having the interest and ability to contribute to the growth of the orchestra.
Chairman of the Board – Ammon G. Dunton, Jr.
President – Carl F. Gerster
Vice President for Musical Guidance – Eric S. Jacobson
Treasurer – Charles J. Costello
Secretary – Nancy Wilson
Assistant Secretary – Sandra Byrd
Other Directors – Alex Eguiguren, Deborah M. Evans, Katherine Wall-Eskridge, Terrell E. Greene, Robert Hood, Paul Krop, Michelle M. Lybarger, Adelaide B. McKelway, Cary Schneider, Joseph Warren and Barbara Wheeler