Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
The 2019-2020 season marks the 30th anniversary of the Virginia Symphony Chorus, and its twenty-third under the direction of Chorus Master Robert Shoup. In addition to regular appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the chorus has performed outside Hampton Roads to remarkable acclaim. Under the baton of Mr. Shoup, the Chorus has traveled to sold-out houses as far afield as Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Salzburg and closer to home at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Chorus has appeared twice at the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado, was an integral part of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown Celebration, and in 2010 was the featured chorus of the critically-acclaimed Virginia Arts Festival performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. In 2012, the Chorus was a key participant with the Virginia Arts Festival presentation of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Most recently, an acclaimed performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces was presented in Norfolk, in May of 2013. The VSO Chorus is currently in the beginning stages of planning an exciting concert tour to Northern Ireland during the summer of 2021.
It’s a wonderful creative outlet. I love singing in general. It’s always been a part of my life and I just recently, because of the Virginia Symphony Chorus, found a love of classical music.
-Chris Ebarb, Core Singer
The VSO Chorus typically performs 3 or 4 programs (2-4 performances per program) with the orchestra each season. Additional performances are also scheduled, such as events in cooperation with the Virginia Arts Festival.
Chorus rehearsals are held weekly, from early September to late May. Regular piano rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, with additional rehearsals scheduled as needed. During performance weeks, the chorus will have additional rehearsals with the orchestra.
Membership with the VSO Chorus is by audition. There are two types of membership – volunteer and professional core. The majority of members are volunteer, with a smaller number of core members selected annually by audition. Auditions are held frequently; information on VSO auditions can be found below.
To apply for an audition, or if you have additional questions about the chorus, please contact Ray Landon, VSO Chorus Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 288-3148
** Repertoire planned for the 2019-2020 season includes Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, Handel’s Messiah, Holiday Pops, Beethoven 9, a collaborative concert with Old Dominion University Choral program, and much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Friday, May 8, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSaturday, May 09, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSunday, May 10, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor...
Friday, June 5, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM Back by popular demand, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the iconic film franchise Star Wars. Experience the entire saga through the films’ scores written by the legendary John Williams,...
Friday, August 28, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, August 29, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, August 30, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, VA Beach | 2:30PM JoAnn Falletta finishes her final season as Music...
Sunday, September 13, 2020 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4PM Pick up your instrument, bring your voice and join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of peace, inclusion and unity. This inspiring annual event embraces our community’s cultural richness and...