About the National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra's 84th season is its fifth under the leadership of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who also serves as the Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1931 and an affiliate company of the Kennedy Center since 1986, the Orchestra has maintained its commitment to artistic excellence and music education. The Orchestra numbers 96 musicians, presenting a year-long season of approximately 150 concerts each year.
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Musicians

Music Director

Conductors

photo of Christoph Eschenbach Christoph Eschenbach
Music Director
photo of Steven Reineke Steven Reineke
Principal Pops Conductor
photo of Ankush Kumar Bahl Ankush Kumar Bahl
Assistant Conductor

First Violins

Second Violins

Violas

Cellos

Basses

Horns

Trumpets

Harp

photo of Adriana Horne Adriana Horne
Principal, The Frank R. & Margaret G. Jelleff Chair
photo of Elizabeth Blakeslee Elizabeth Blakeslee
*Regularly Engaged Extra Musician

Flutes

photo of Aaron Goldman Aaron Goldman
Principal, The Mrs. Demarest Lloyd Chair
photo of Leah Arsenault Leah Arsenault
Assistant Principal
photo of Alice Kogan Weinreb Alice Kogan Weinreb
photo of Carole Bean Carole Bean
Piccolo

Oboes

photo of Nicholas Stovall Nicholas Stovall
Principal, The Women's Committee Chair
photo of Jamie Roberts Jamie Roberts
Assistant Principal
photo of William Wielgus William Wielgus
photo of Kathryn Wilson Kathryn Wilson
English Horn

Clarinets

photo of Loren Kitt Loren Kitt
Principal
photo of Eugene Mondie Eugene Mondie
Assistant Principal, E-flat Clarinet
photo of Paul Cigan Paul Cigan
photo of Edward Cabarga Edward Cabarga
Bass Clarinet

Bassoons

photo of Sue Heineman Sue Heineman
Principal
photo of Truman Harris Truman Harris
Asst. Principal
photo of Steven Wilson Steven Wilson
photo of Lewis Lipnick Lewis Lipnick
Contrabassoon

Trombones

photo of Craig Mulcahy Craig Mulcahy
Principal
photo of Barry Hearn Barry Hearn
Assistant Principal
photo of David Murray David Murray
photo of Matthew Guilford Matthew Guilford
Bass Trombone

Tuba

photo of Stephen Dumaine Stephen Dumaine
Principal, The James V. Kimsey Chair

Timpani

photo of Jauvon Gilliam Jauvon Gilliam
Principal
photo of Charles Wilkinson Charles Wilkinson
Assistant Principal, Percussion

Percussion

photo of Eric Shin Eric Shin
Principal, The Hechinger Foundation Chair
photo of Kenneth Harbison Kenneth Harbison
Assistant Principal
photo of Joseph Connell Joseph Connell
Regularly Engaged Extra Musician

Keyboard

photo of Lambert Orkis Lambert Orkis
Principal
photo of Lisa Emenheiser Lisa Emenheiser
Regularly Engaged Extra Musician

Organ

photo of William Neil William Neil
Regularly Engaged Extra Musician

Librarians

Elizabeth Schnobrick Elizabeth Schnobrick
Principal Librarian
Danielle Wilt Danielle Wilt
Interim Associate Librarian
Kelsey Lamb Kelsey Lamb
Assistant Librarian

Watch a Performance

NSO In Your Neighborhood
NSO In Your Neighborhood
NSO In Your Neighborhood
NSO In Your Neighborhood: Rock & Roll Hotel
NSO In Your Neighborhood
NSO In Your Neighborhood: Capitol Hill Montessori School

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210

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