About NOW


Mission Statement

The New Orchestra of Washington’s mission is to make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works. Unconstrained by the structure or repertoire of traditional orchestras, NOW is both modern and sustainable, proving how orchestral and chamber music can not only survive but flourish in the 21st century. Founded in 2012 by rising stars of the Washington area’s professional community, NOW embodies mutual respect and admiration for each other’s artistry and a common belief in the importance of revitalizing the role of music in our lives.

Founding Values


NOW holds itself to the highest standards of artistic integrity while seeking to present a diverse array of music performances.


NOW holds itself to the highest standards of artistic quality.


NOW implements a top-to-bottom sustainable, conscious operational approach.

Broad Appeal

NOW strives to make music relevant to today’s audiences and often refers to its programs as “music without labels.”