Our Story | Our Conductors | Our Musicians | Our Staff | Board of Directors | Our Partners | Our Advisory Groups | FAQs
Job Opportunities |

Frequently Asked Questions

We Want to Support You with Answers to Your Questions
If you have questions that aren't addressed here, please contact us by email marketing@orchestranova.org or phone (858-350-0290).

What should I wear?

We just want our guests to feel good about the evening…whatever makes you happy makes us happy.

Our concertgoers wear everything from casual to more formal attire. Some like to dress up for a more elegant experience while others come directly from work.  We suggest dressing in whatever you are most comfortable in, from jeans to ball gowns – the choice is up to you. 

Can I do anything beforehand to help me get the most out the concerts?
The best thing you can do is to visit our web site, www.orchestranova.org, The sections that will help you most are: Concerts (where you can get more detail about specific concerts), About Us (where you can learn about our musicians and artistic director), Media (where you can read press releases about specific concerts and listen to podcasts or TV/Radio programs).

How long are the concerts?

Length of concerts are approximately two hours and 15 minutes with one 20-minute intermission. 

How do you decide the repertoire for the programs?

Classical music is so many things, reflecting history and the panorama of life.  We have an embarrassment of riches when choosing music to present each season, and we try to create a balanced season that both seduces the imagination and richly satisfies the ear.  Our choices appeal to the broadest tastes, with an emphasis on being “audience friendly," meaning whether you're a first-time guest or a seasoned connoisseur, you're going to be very pleased.  What makes our orchestra unique is the dramatic way we perform these wonderful masterpieces.

When do I clap?
There are two schools of thought on when it is appropriate to applaud.  The first belief is that one should not clap until the end of multi-movement works like a symphony or concerto.  The idea is that the composer wrote the piece as a single entity and that it should be enjoyed that way, not disturbing the aesthetic flow. Traditional audiences believe that this is the "proper" way. The second school of thought believes that applauding after any movement that you enjoy is less formal and is actually based in history.  Composers like Mozart wrote how audiences enthusiastically applauded after movements that they enjoyed, and the orchestra would oblige and perform them again!  Mozart was extremely pleased when this happened.

So there is no "correct" answer.  Do what makes you feel most comfortable.  For those who wish to have a "traditional" experience, we hope they understand that when people applaud after movements, it often means we have new guests coming to our concerts who are expressing what is in their hearts! 

What is a chamber orchestra?

A chamber orchestra is a small orchestra consisting of up to forty members, usually performing in a smaller venue. A chamber orchestra offers musicians and audiences the opportunity to experience classical music in a more intimate orchestra setting. Before 1800, most orchestras were of this smaller size. However, as live music became available to a larger audience, the size of the performing halls became larger and composers needed bigger sounds to fill those halls. As orchestras increased in size, they became known as "symphony orchestras.” However, even contemporary composers are writing for chamber orchestras.

Do you have special offers for military and students?

We offer $10 tickets to students and educators and free tickets to active military and their families for all Nova Classics concerts as well as performances of Masterpiece Messiah. Please note that these tickets are subject to availability and require a valid ID.

How do I get directions to the concerts?

Select "Concerts" on this web site, then "Concert Venues.” You will find directions and parking information for each of our concert venues.

I love Orchestra Nova San Diego! How do I get involved or give a gift?
Volunteers and donors are very important to the success of our orchestra, and are considered to be key members of our orchestra family. Check "Volunteer" under "Contact Us" on this web site for volunteer opportunities. For more information for corporate and individual donations, go to our web site Home Page and click on the “Support Orchestra Nova” area (bottom right corner) to make a donation online.  You can also contact us at development@orchestranova.org.

Can I bring my children?

Some of our concerts captivate children of all ages, and we certainly want to encourage families to nurture a love of classical music in their children.  Parents are advised to research each concert or contact us for advice about specific concerts.  Children under seven are usually too young to attend the Classics Series of concerts simply because of the length of the concerts, but that problem can be resolved by giving them a taste of the music and leaving at intermission.

When should I arrive?

Performances at Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolla, begin at 7:30 p.m. and the pre-concert Nova Experience begins at 6:00 p.m. The box office opens at 6:00 p.m., and the doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Performances at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, Sorrento Valley, begin at 7:30 p.m. and the pre-concert Nova Experience begins at 6:00 p.m. The box office opens at 6:00 p.m., and the doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Performances at California Center for the Arts Escondido, begin at 3:00 p.m. and the pre-concert Nova Experience begins at 1:30 p.m. The box office opens at 1:30 p.m., and the doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Performances begin promptly at their scheduled time, so late arrivals will be seated at an appropriate pause in the performance.



Corporate Support

Foundation Donors

$40,000 and above
The James Irvine Foundation
The Parker Foundation

$20,000 and above
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Maestro's Circle

Susan Childs
Samuel Simon Dychter, M.D.
Frances Hunter
Gay and Albert Hugo-Martinez
Claude and Bobbi Kordus
Judith A. Moore
Sue and Bill Weber

Major Government Support

Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

San Diego Community Enhancement Program (Pam Slater-Price, Ron Roberts)

San Diego County Community Projects Grants Program (Pam Slater-Price)