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!

Shostakovich Five • 5/8-5/10

Shostakovich Five • 5/8-5/10

Friday, May 8, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSaturday, May 09, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSunday, May 10, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor...

The Music of Star Wars • 6/5

The Music of Star Wars • 6/5

Friday, June 5, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM Back by popular demand, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the iconic film franchise Star Wars. Experience the entire saga through the films’ scores written by the legendary John Williams,...

CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along • 9/13

CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along • 9/13

Sunday, September 13, 2020 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4PM Pick up your instrument, bring your voice and join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of peace, inclusion and unity. This inspiring annual event embraces our community’s cultural richness and...