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Winter Concert

December 9

We take pride in being a friendly, community-oriented group that encourages the musical growth of its members and prepares quality performances for local audiences, while raising funds for NIH charities.

Please complete our membership form if you would like to be invited to join our Yahoo group and begin receiving emails with information about rehearsals, concerts, repertoire, and more. Dues for active members are $50 per year (see below).

Singers interested in joining the NIH Community Chorus may learn about membership here.


Membership F.A.Q.

Who may join?
Are there auditions?
How much are dues?
In what other ways do members contribute?
What are the attendance expectations?
What is the concert schedule?
Is there an admission charge at concerts?
While we are affiliated with the National Institutes of Health, NIHCO welcomes members from throughout the local community.
All standard orchestral positions are open unless otherwise indicated. Currently, we cannot accommodate additional flutes, clarinets, oboes, or French horns, but those players may contact membership to join the waiting list.
We do not hold auditions for entry. We ask musicians to join us for a rehearsal or two and see if they feel comfortable with the level of playing. The music director coordinates seatings for all sections and usually assigns parts for wind players.
For the 2017-2018 season, dues are $50, which helps to cover costs for concert and rehearsal space, music rental fees, guest artists, and other orchestra operations costs. Dues also cover membership in the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W), which provides our insurance coverage, non-profit status, and more.
As an all-volunteer ensemble, NIHCO depends on the involvement of its members, both musically and organizationally. Opportunities range from publicity to stagehand assistance, and much more.
If you plan to play in the concert, you should attend most rehearsals, including the dress rehearsal. If you need to miss a rehearsal, please inform a representative in your section and the Music Director.
If you attend rehearsals, you should plan to play in the concert. Players should also plan to commit some time to learning their parts outside of rehearsals.
We typically perform three concerts per season, in December, April, and June. A chamber music concert may also be organized for the summer break, as well as additional performance opportunities.
Our concerts are free and open to the public. We collect contributions at our concerts to support NIH charities. We also accept donations to the orchestra to help support its operations.