A project of DC Strings Workshop, a non-profit organization, THE ACCORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA now in its 8th season, is an orchestra of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians committed to presenting classical and contemporary performances. Blending various musical styles including GoGo, funk, jazz, pops, classical and movie music – the orchestra continues to push the envelope with exciting collaborations and musical debuts.

With the belief that access to high-quality music is a fundamental right, DC Strings Workshop and its members have presented or collaborated with leading area musicians on +200 concerts to date, since its founding in 2017. The Orchestra has performed at National Park Service sites celebrating the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial in 2018 and made its debut at The Kennedy Center in September 2019 as part of the opening of THE REACH Festival. Since the pandemic the orchestra has been busy with debuts at Smithsonian museums, the Chrysalis at Merriweather Pavillion, Emancipation Park Plaza and much more. Each holiday season the ensemble hosts multiple Messiah performances which are beloved throughout the region. Venues include collaborations with area music schools, embassies, and civic organizations. Visit www.dcstrings.org for more information.

AcSO Orchestra Musicians

Violin I

Wayman McCoy – Concert Master

Tetyana Royzman

Peter Clamp

Cinzia Rizzo

Jennifer Houck

Jordan Johnson

Cleveland Chandler

Eugene Dyson

Violin II

Dr. Rodney Allen – Asst. Principal

Mayowa Omokanwaye

Danielle Belton

Andrew Lee

Somer Taylor

MIijin Paik


YaShuna Swan

Juan Amaya

Jacob Dennis

Marta Samuel


Johnny Walker, Jr

Rachel Taylor

Jeremiah Welch

Peter Franklin


Gary Richardson

Kimberly Johnson


Nathan W. Knight, Jr.

Noreen Friedman


Frank Swann


Susan Fredenburg

April Beasley


Dan Leathers

Tia Wortham

Rebecca Welch


William (Bill) Hoggard

Tobi Cisin

Cheryl Harris


Dr. Adrian Mitchell

Aaron Klaus

John Paganelli

Harry Wise

Tuba | Harp | Piano

Andrew Lee

Timpani | Percussion

Don (Donnie) Johns

Lydia Sorenson

Past Event Programs

DC Strings Workshop hosts several dynamic ensembles including the Accord Symphony Orchestra, Messiah Chamber Orchestra and others. Musicians of the organizations go into the community to offer workshops, masterclasses, professional development and performances. Since its founding 2017 DC Strings Workshop has presented more than 100 orchestra concerts, and hundreds of community events including recitals, outdoor concerts, collaborations and more

Book us for weddings

We bring elegance and class to any event. From The Kennedy Center to City Winery, we are happy to assemble an ensemble to meet your needs. Our specialty is weddings, corporate events and society affairs.