What's New


Get a free ticket to our November 5 concert!

Get two tickets for the price of one. Post a selfie to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #StringsintheWild.

Just bring your ticket to the info table, and we will give you a second one for free!


We're on Instagram!

Looking for more ways to connect with the NSS? You're in luck - we're now on Instagram! Follow @nss.orchestra for updates on performances, showcases, and even more exciting community events as the season unfolds. Feel free to shoot us a DM at anytime with any questions or comments, we'd be happy to chat.

Be sure to join us on Facebook (@nssorchestra) and Twitter (@NSS_orchestra) as well where we'll be sharing more information and community fun throughout the season.


Informance? (What is that?)

in-for-mance | \ in - fȯr - mən(t)s \

A performance intended to be both educational and entertaining; especially a musical concert which includes an informative talk about the piece or instruments being played.

Since its formation, the NSS has emphasized educating our audiences about the music we present. We recently ran across the word "informance" and feel it perfectly describes what we present. Dr. Fanning discusses each piece in a casual and engaging way that allow listeners to have a deeper understanding of the music and a more enjoyable listening experience. We look forward to seeing you at our next "informance"!


Katherine Colburn


Katherine Colburn received her Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Miami in 1997, and her Master's degree in Cello Performance from George Mason University in 2009. She has served as a cellist with the Prince William Symphony, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Fredericksburg Symphony Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, and has been a member of the National String Symphonia for nine years. Mrs. Colburn was also the founding member of the Manassas String Quartet in 2003 with whom she recorded two CDs under the Lionheart Music East label.



The NSS is delighted to again partner with New Spire Arts to present our informances in Frederick, MD.

New Spire Stages

The National String Symphonia is sponsored in part by:

Maryland State Arts Council Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Frederick Arts Council