Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board Members

Officers

Patrick McDermott

Chair
Newport News
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Carolyn Pittman

Treasurer
Newport News

Susan Goode

Secretary
Norfolk

Directors

Bert Aaron

Williamsburg

Ray Breeden

Virginia Beach

Kate Broderick

Norfolk

Minette Cooper

Norfolk

Nancy Creech

Virginia Beach

Stacy Cummings

Chesapeake

William B. Downey

Newport News

Tim Faulkner

Virginia Beach

Barry Fletcher

Newport News

Leslie Friedman

Norfolk

Howard Kern

Virginia Beach

Michael W. Lee

Norfolk

Mike McClellan

Norfolk

Robert Petterson

Williamsburg

Asa Shield

Norfolk

Jane Short

Norfolk

James K. Spore

Norfolk

Rony Thomas

Virginia Beach

William Van Buren III

Norfolk

Richard Waitzer

Virginia Beach

Don Winchester

Norfolk

Ex-Officio
Members

Karen Philion

President & CEO

JoAnn Falletta

Music Director

Vahn Armstrong

Musician Representative

Rachel Ordaz

Musician Representative

Barbara Vollmer

VSSGW President
Williamsburg

Cyndi Brown

VSO League President
Newport News

Handel’s Messiah • 12/13 – 12/15

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 8PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | First Baptist Church, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | 8PM Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and VSO Chorus...

Holiday Brass • 12/12-12/16

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake | 7PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Regent University Chapel, Virginia Beach | 7PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 |...

Holiday Pops! • 12/20 – 12/22

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Friday, December 21, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 8PM Join us for the must-see...

Jingle Bell Jam • 12/22

Saturday, December 22 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music...

Patrick McDermott

Chair, VSO Board of Directors

Pat, President of McDermottWard, Attorneys at Law, concentrates his practice primarily in three areas. The first area is Business and Corporate Law, which includes the representation of for-profit companies and non-profit agencies, and representation in commercial real estate transactions. Pat’s clients in this field range from general construction companies to public charities. Pat has experience with and represents Limited Liability Companies, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, 501(c)(3) companies, and partnerships. Many of the non-profit entities perform services related to behavioral health concerns such as developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse. He has formed and maintains current relations with numerous successful, active businesses.

The second area of expertise is serving as counsel to local and regional banks on commercial loans.  In this area he either reviews or prepares documents protecting the bank's interest in complex transactions.

The third area of practice pertains to Estate Planning and Probate and Estate Administration. Pat advises clients regarding their concerns for long term care, distribution of their estate and general management of their affairs through drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. In addition, Pat helps surviving families of deceased persons in the administration of their loved one’s estate.

Throughout his career, Pat has served on professional boards including on the Virginia State Bar Council as the elected representative from the 8thJudicial Circuit. He has served as President of the Hampton Bar Association (2009). Currently he is a member of The Virginia State Bar and The Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council (President 2011).

Pat has always participated actively in the life of the community, serving on, or advising as counsel, various charitable and non-profit boards among them are Alternatives, Inc. (past President), The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, The Hampton Yacht Club Board of Directors, The Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Hampton,  The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, Peninsula Agency on Aging Foundation, Hampton Public Library Foundation, Hampton Public Schools Foundation, The American Red Cross, Hampton Roads Chapter, and Mennowood Retirement Community (Board President, 2011-2012).  Involvement in for-profit companies includes TowneBank (current Board Member).

Pat earned his law degree from the College of William & Mary in 1977 subsequent to earning his Bachelor’s degree from Montclair University in 1973.