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!

Mahler & Mozart • 2/21-2/23

Mahler & Mozart • 2/21-2/23

Friday, February 21, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, February 22, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, February 23, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Perfoming Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM “Danzmayr has what it takes,” wrote The...

Stravinsky Firebird • 3/6-3/8

Stravinsky Firebird • 3/6-3/8

Friday, March 06, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, March 07, 2020 | L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, March 08, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Chicago-born conductor...

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 • 3/13 & 3/14

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 • 3/13 & 3/14

Friday, March 13, 2020 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 7:30PMSaturday, March 14, 2020 | Jamestown High School, Williamsburg | 7:30PM Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked...

The Streisand Songbook • 3/20 – 3/21

The Streisand Songbook • 3/20 – 3/21

Friday, March 20, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, March 21, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Join the Virginia Symphony as we celebrate the music of one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists. Singing timeless...