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!

From the New World • 9/18 – 9/20

From the New World • 9/18 – 9/20

Friday, September 18, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PMSaturday, September 19, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PMSunday, September 20, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM Suffolk native and Metropolitan...

Havana Nights with the Mambo Kings • 10/8 – 10/10

Havana Nights with the Mambo Kings • 10/8 – 10/10

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30 PMSaturday, October 10, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30 PM Join us for this evening of hot Latin jazz and mambo with New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble, in concert with the...

A Celebration of the 1920s • 10/23 – 10/25

A Celebration of the 1920s • 10/23 – 10/25

Friday, October 23, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PMSaturday, October 24, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PMSunday, October 25, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM It’s the roaring ‘20s! Gershwin wrote...

Mozart and Beethoven • 10/29 – 10/30

Mozart and Beethoven • 10/29 – 10/30

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 7:30PMFriday, October 30, 2020 | CrossWalk Church, Williamsburg | 7:30PM The VSO’s principal clarinet Michael Byerly takes center stage to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto – one of the most popular pieces...