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!
Partners in Education
The Camp Foundation
Charles and Minette Cooper
Franklin Southampton Charities
The Morningstar Foundation
Music & Arts
Salvation Army HeartStrings
Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, March 23, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Guest conductor Scott Yoo, Chief...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Friday, March 29, 2019 | Ferguson Center, Newport News | 8PM Hailed as “America’s Pianist,” Kevin Cole joins the VSO to pay homage to great American jazz giant George Gershwin! Chicago Tribune raves “When Cole...
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM The School of Richmond Ballet joins the VSO for a dazzling display of dance! We’ll take a musical promenade through 1920’s Paris with a unique interpretation of one of George...
Friday, April 5, 2019 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, April 6, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Sunday, April 7, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Join the VSO for a Night at the Movies!...