Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a cultural cornerstone of Hampton Roads. We have served our community for nearly a century, and we are proud to call the Tidewater region home. We believe that music matters–and that everyone in our community deserves access to the very best in classical music and music education.

We rely on the support of friends like you to bring world-class music to your city, reach more than 45,000 children and lifelong learners each year through engaging and impactful educational programs. Ticket sales account for only one-third of the cost of our concert series and educational outreach programs, and our corporate sponsors and individual donors help us provide a full roster of free community performances at venues in everyone’s backyard.

You can join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra donor family and be a part of thousands of friends from across Hampton Roads who know that music makes a difference in our lives. Voice your support with a gift and help the VSO continue to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages!

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra appreciates all tax-deductible gifts in support of our artistic and cultural mission to inspire, education, and connect audiences of all ages in Hampton Roads. 

 Want to make one gift and spread it into monthly installments? Become a VSO Champion today and get an additional benefit in recognition for your generosity. Your card will be charged on the 15th of each month, after the initial installment, and each January you will receive a summary of your previous calendar year donations.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to give for a set period of time other than monthly or break up your gift into a series of limited installments, please call Annual Fund Manager Meredith Arndt at 757-213-1412 to set up your gift. For information about gifts of stock or other securities or for estate planning, please contact Vice President of Development Shannon Kelly at skelly@virginiasymphony.org or by phone at 757-213-1417.

 

Thank you for GIVING OUTSTANDING MUSIC AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO HAMPTON rOADS!

Your gifts make a difference.

If you’d prefer, you can give us a call at 757.213.1412 or mail your contribution to us at this address:

Virginia Symphony Orchestra
150 Boush Street, Suite 201
Norfolk, VA  23510

 VSO Tele-Fundraising: 757.213.1411

Questions and Donor Services: 757.213.1412 

Vision Forward

Celebrating 100 years of community service and creativity, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra celebrates the largest campaign in its history – Vision Forward. Click here to learn more.

Sustainer Society

Looking for an easy way to make a difference all year long? Become a VSO Champion and you’ll help the VSO continue to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages. And, you’ll gain access to special benefits –  to learn more click here!

Matching Gifts

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra gladly accepts gifts from matching gift programs from most companies in Hampton Roads. Increase your support of the VSO by checking with your human resource department about your company’s program.

For assistance, please contact Shannon Kelly, Vice President of Development, at 747-213-1417.

Click here to review a list of some local employees who offer matching gift opportunities.

Legacy Society

Planned giving strategies can help you build a meaningful legacy that will honor your lifelong love of music. The VSO Development staff would be honored to work with you and your financial advisor to find the right option for you. If you have generously named the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in your will or estate plans, we would like to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Legacy Society. Please contact Shannon Kelly, Vice President of Development, at 757-213-1417 for more information.

Gift of Securities

Please contact Sammy Serafine at Wells Fargo Advisors to make a gift of securities to the VSO.

Sammy Serafine
Wells Fargo Advisors
999 Waterside Drive Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number Direct: 757-640-5935

sammy.serafine@wellsfargoadvisors.com

DTC: 0141
Account: 80530500

Virginia Symphony Foundation 

The Virginia Symphony Foundation provides financial support to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra through investment of donors gifts to the VSF endowment fund.

To learn more about the Virginia Symphony Foundation, please click here.

To make a gift to VSF, please contact Shannon Kelly, Vice President of Development, at skelly@virginiasymphony.org or at 757-213-1417.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

The CFC campaign runs from September 1 through December 15 each year.

If you are federal or military personnel, designate the Virginia Symphony as the beneficiary of your contribution by entering our five-digit code #46038 and the amount you wish to pledge on your CFC pledge form.

To determine which local campaign you belong to visit the Combined Federal Campaign website.

CHAMPIONS

2023-2024 SEASON

Virginia Symphony Champions support the VSO year-round with a monthly donation automatically charged to a credit card.  In gratitude for the support of our Champions, the Virginia Symphony is pleased to offer additional benefits.

*Subject to availability. Restrictions apply.
¹Email required.
These donor benefits are offered as of July 1, 2023. Additional benefits may be added throughout the season.

Want to Make a Donation, but Need More Flexibility?

Become a champion today!

IN ADDITION TO REGULARLY TIERED BENEFITS, All Sustainers receive:

 

  • Group recognition from the stage and individual recognition in a program book insert at the final Classics concert of the season
  • Special lapel pin (mailed at the beginning of the year) designating you as a member of the
    VSO Champions.

Donor Benefits

Gifts made to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra throughout the year determine your donor level. Donor listings–including those in our Program Books—reflect your overall support through gifts made directly to the Annual Fund or gifts made for a specific purpose, including our education and community engagement programs. Also included in your personal listing are any matching gifts received from your employer.

Benefits are based on cumulative giving from the 2022-2023 season or giving during 2023-2024, whichever amount is higher. If you would like to know your current donor level, please call Meredith Arndt, Annual Fund Manager, at 757.213.1412.

Friends Circle: Up to $239 ($10/month or higher)

Up to $239

  • Up to six eNewsletter with exclusive content for VSO supporters
  • Recognition as a VSO supporter in the VSO’s online Donor Register
  • Pre-sale access to purchase tickets to VSO performances before the general public
Orchestra Circle: $240-$499 ($20/month and higher)

$250–$499

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Two passes to one Open Rehearsal during the 2022-23 season
  • Recognition in all VSO program books for the 2022-23 season
Concertmaster Circle: $500-$999 ($50/month and higher)

$500–$999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Exclusive invitation to our Orchestra Insider Event
  • Two passes to two Open Rehearsals during the 2022-23 season
  • Access to the VSO Donor Concierge Service for specialized assistance
Soloist Circle: $1,000-$1,999

$1,000–$1,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Recognition as a supporter in VSO pre-concert PowerPoint slides for the 2022-23 season
  • Exclusive invitation to our annual Toast to the Season reception
Conductor’s Circle: $2,000-$2,999

$2,000–$2,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Ticket access to our invite-only Chamber Music Party
  • Exclusive updates directly from Music Director Eric Jacobsen about special events, programming in upcoming seasons and other exclusive VSO news
Treble Society: $3,000-$4,999

$3,000–$4,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Access to two tickets to the annual Treble Society Event in Spring 2023
  • Invitation for you and one guest to attend invitation-only intermission receptions at select VSO concerts, as available
Symphony Society: $5,000-$9,999

$5,000–$9,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Two tickets to sit onstage during one Open Rehearsal during the 2022-2023 season, as available
  • Ability to purchase subscriptions and single tickets a week before they go on sale to the general public before both on-sale dates
JoAnn Falletta Society: $10,000-$14,999

$10,000–$14,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Two tickets to sit onstage during two Open Rehearsals during the 2022-2023 season, as available
  • Access to tickets to our invite-only Falletta Society Dinner
  • Gifts of $10,000 or more are meaningful statements of support for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. To learn more about a customized package of curated experiences, please call JP Paul, Director of Development, at 757-213-1417 or email at jpaul@virginiasymphony.org.
Crescendo Society: $15,000-$24,999

$15,000–$24,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Opportunity to meet guest artists and collaborators before or after performances, as available
  • Exclusive opportunity to meet Music Director Eric Jacobsen before or after a performance, as
    available
  • Gifts of $15,000 or more are meaningful statements of support for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. To learn more about a customized package of curated experiences, please call JP Paul, Director of Development, at 757-213-1417 or email at jpaul@virginiasymphony.org.
Stradivarius Society: $25,000 and above

$25,000 and above

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Exclusive opportunity to have Music Director Eric Jacobsen dine with you at a location of your
    choosing, as available
  • Gifts of $25,000 or more are meaningful statements of support for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. To learn more about a customized package of curated experiences, please call JP Paul, Director of Development, at 757-213-1417 or email at jpaul@virginiasymphony.org.

*On-stage seating is assigned on a first-come, first served basis.
**Subject to availability.
†Ticket purchase required.

These donor benefits are offered as of July 1, 2022. Additional benefits may be added throughout the season.