May 11, 2018

Congratulations on the excellent front page story in The Virginia Gazette on the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the incredible work it does with young musicians in our local schools.

Since the inception of this valuable program that provides music instruction by professional musicians, a majority of the costs have been funded by the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg. Currently, the VSSGW budgets $12,000 to reimburse VSO musicians for their time and talents. The program began six years ago in two schools and has grown to include nine schools in the Williamsburg-James City County School District. Local educator Alice Herring, the VSSGW’s education chairwoman, works closely with the VSO’s director of education to coordinate scheduling these coaching sessions for orchestra and band students at the elementary, intermediate and high schools.

Thanks to the enthusiastic backing of John Rasky, fine arts coordinator for W-JCC, a day of in-service education for the instrumental music instructors, which is counted as staff development credit, has also been offered for the past two years.

The VSSGW is a local organization of nearly 300 members that holds a variety of social events, including an elegant annual gala benefit. We raise more than $50,000 each year to fund our local education efforts and provide support for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. For more information and to learn how you can join us, please visit

Barbara Vollmer

President, Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg