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!

Boléro • 10/19 – 10/21

Friday, October 19, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, October 20, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Sunday, October 21, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM JoAnn Falletta and the VSO...

Halloween Spooktacular • 10/27

Saturday, October 27 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM Kids and grown-ups! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the VSO for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun! The Orchestra will perform some of the spookiest music ever...

COMIC CONCERT • 10/27

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 7:30 PM BOOM! POW! CRASH! The VSO is back with an action-packed concert featuring pop culture’s favorite comic book heroes! The Virginia Symphony sets the stage for an...

The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel • 11/3

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM , conductor AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, vocals Theirs was the harmony of a generation. Popular conductor Michael Krajewski returns to...