The WBS Orchestra is organized in instrumental sections similar to a symphony orchestra, under the direction of a conductor. The instruments of the orchestra include domras in five voices ( first and second prima domra, alto, tenor and bass), five sizes of balalaikas (prima, sekunda, alto, bass, contrabass), guslis (table psalteries), accordions/bayans, wind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and folk winds) and both conventional and folk percussion instruments.
The Orchestra presents more than a dozen concerts each year including its annual Spring and Fall Concert Series, and appears at festivals, parks, museums, churches and other public and private venues during the year. The WBS Orchestra has performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Paul Hill Chorale and The Choral Arts Society; Carnegie Hall in New York; the Round Lake Auditorium in New York's Adirondacks; Lisner Auditorium, he Embassy of the Russian Federation, Constitution Hall and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington; NOVA-Annandale; NOVA-Alexandria; James Madison University; The Theater at Washington, VA; Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Kean University in New Jersey; Walters Gallery in Baltimore and the Ceres Mansion and Weinberg Theatre in Frederick, MD as well as many other sites both large and small in the greater Washington area.
Orchestra rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening at the Rock Spring Congregational Church, Little Falls Road near Rock Spring Drive in Arlington, Virginia, starting promptly at 7:30 pm. With prior notice, rehearsals
are open to visitors.
Active teaching programs
include instruction from basic to advanced levels in balalaika, domra and bayan as well as in guitar, although guitars are not included in the orchestra. 'Loaner' instruments are often available for use until the student can obtain his or her own personal instrument.