Announcing Auditions: Concertmaster*, Principal Violin 2, Principal Viola. Audition Date: January 30, 2020

The Tysons Mclean Orchestra is a per service, professional orchestra located in Northern Virginia with a 50 year history of providing exceptional music performances to the Washington Metropolitan area.  The Tysons McLean Orchestra is looking for qualified candidates for the positions listed above.  All candidates should have superior musical and technical skills on their instrument in addition to excellent leadership skills.  All candidates will be expected to submit a detailed resume of their professional qualifications, a current video link with a sample of their playing, as well as preparing the following repertoire:

Concertmaster* / Principal Violin 2: 1st movement of a standard Romantic period violin concerto w/cadenza and excerpts from Beethoven, Mozart, and Schumann.  Additionally, those applying for the Concertmaster position should prepare the solos from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5-2nd movement, and Brahms Symphony No. 1- 2nd movement.

Principal Viola:  A movement of a standard concerto for viola w/cadenza and excerpts from Berlioz, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich.

Interested candidates should send their resume and video link to Thomas Gardner at by January 10, 2020.  Audition excerpts can be found on the Tyson’s McLean Orchestra Website.

*Candidates of high quality may be asked if they would be interested in auditioning for the Principal Second Violin seat.

Falls Church News-Press: F.C. Episcopal’s Organ Up to the Task of Saint-Saens’ 3rd Symphony

Monday, March 26, 2018

By Nicholas F. Benton

If there is one word to describe Camille Saint-Saens Third Symphony, known as the Organ Symphony, is would be big. Some have said that it would fill the Grand Canyon with its sound. Truly, it is a reason why I tell friends that they haven’t experienced that work until they see it performed live. No recording can really do it justice.

That being said, that big, big symphony was not too big for the mighty organ and the perfect acoustics of the main, newer sanctuary of the Falls Church Episcopal Church, where the talented Tysons McLean Orchestra took up the challenge of the amazing work last Saturday night. If there was anything lacking in the concert, it was only that more people weren’t there to enjoy it. The performance deserved to have been done to a standing room only audience to match the standing ovation it received.