Education and Community Engagement

Our musicians make a difference.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s work extends far beyond performing concerts across Hampton Roads. Our musicians dedicate many hours each season to reaching young people in our community with educational programming.

Each year, these programs serve more than 45,000 students. This work is critical in the face of public funding cuts to music education: there is a significant gap in children’s exposure to music, and we are determined to help bridge that gap. Our roster of programs includes:

HeartStrings, which strengthens character through string instruction for elementary students in underserved schools

Master Classes, where the VSO’s internationally acclaimed guest soloists provide instruction to young musicians

SOAR, an artist residency program matching VSO musicians with local schools for coaching and mentorship

Young People’s Concerts, a series that brings elementary students from 11 cities to their first orchestra concert

Please join us in making this important work a reality by donating to our education programs today!

Concert in the Park • 8/20

Sunday, August 20, 2017| 8 PM | Town Point Park, Norfolk Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 23510 Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra will appear in concert Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 8:00 pm for a free evening Downtown Norfolk...

Symphony Under the Stars • 8/31

Thursday, August 31, 2017  | 7:30 PM | Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, 201 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Grab your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and join us for a free outdoor concert at the College of William & Mary's...

Symphony Under the Stars • 9/2

Saturday, September 2, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690 Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a FREE concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under a canopy of...

Symphony Under the Stars • 9/3

Sunday, September 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320 Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a FREE concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under a canopy of...