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!

Afternoon Encores • 5/28 & 5/30

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | Denbigh Community Center, Newport News | 2PM Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach | 2PM Enjoy a look back in time with familiar light classics and favorite popular tunes.Join the musicians of the Virginia...

Symphony of Wines • 5/31

Friday, May 31, 2019 | Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach | 6:30pm For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Emily Barnhill at ebarnhill@virginiasymphony.org or 757-213-1412

Symphony Under The Stars • 6/1

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Gloucester Village, Gloucester | 8PM Celebrating its 13th year making music accessible to everyone! The Cook Foundation presents the Symphony under the Stars FREE Family Concert. The concert will be given by the Virginia Symphony orchestra....

Symphony on the Lawn • 6/2

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM Summer nights. Beautifully orchestrated. You’re invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, champagne and great company, as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra plays on the lawn of the historic...