Center Stage with the VSO

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time professional orchestra musician? Join the Grammy Award-winning Music Director of the renowned Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, as well as selected VSO musicians for ten engaging musical conversations. Hear music in an entirely new way, learn about the background and preparation of each musician, and discuss the various styles and eras as both the music and instruments evolved. Gain a deeper understanding of how each instrument makes its unique contribution and how the ensemble works together under the conductor’s leadership to interpret and convey the composer’s meaning.

Center Stage at ODU

ODU Community Music Division

All classes take place on Monday from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and are held at the Deihn Fine and Performing Arts Center (1339 W. 49th St.) at ODU’s main campus in Norfolk. 

  • January 15, 2018: JoAnn Falletta, Music Director
  • January 22, 2018:  Rachel Ordaz, Piccolo
  • February 5, 2018: Laura Leisring, Principal Bassoon
  • March 5, 2018: Michael Laubach, Principal Timpani
  • March 12, 2018: Beverly Baker, Principal Viola
  • March 26, 2018: Amanda Gates, Assistant Concertmaster
  • April 9, 2018: David Vonderheide, Principal Trumpet
  • April 23, 2018: Peter DuBeau, Principal Tuba
  • May 7, 2018: Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone
  • May 14, 2018: Sherie Aguirre, Principal Oboe
Tuition includes ODU parking (the first 25 students will receive VIP parking next to the Diehn building, pending lot availability) and 10 tickets per student for various VSO performances.
$170 | Special rate for VSO subscribers
$199 | Regular rate

$249 | Includes both the VSO series and ODU’s Opera for Everyone spring class

• CALL (757) 683-4247 M-F between 9AM-5PM using Visa or MasterCard
• VISIT Rollins Hall, 1st floor- College of Continuing Education. Checks made to ODU, or use Visa or MasterCard.

• MAIL check made to ODU to Continuing Education Operations, 1009 Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. Hall, Norfolk Va. 23529- Include Course Name and Registration Form found on the CMD website.



Upcoming Classes:

JoAnn Falletta, Music Director

January 15, 2018 
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Rachel Ordaz, Piccolo

January 22, 2018 
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Laura Leisring, Principal Bassoon

February 5, 2018
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Center Stage at CNU

CNU LifeLong Learning Society Class Series

Open to members of the LifeLong Learning Society. Click here for more information on joining the society through CNU

All classes take place on Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM and are held at the Peebles Theatre at the Ferguson Center or the Yoder Barn Theatre in Newport News.

  • January 29, 2018: David Vonderheide, Principal Trumpet
  • February 12, 2018: Laura Leisring, Principal Bassoon
  • February 26, 2018: Michael Laubach, Principal Timpani
  • March 26, 2018: Rachel Ordaz, Piccolo
  • April 2, 2018: Michael Daugherty, Composer




Upcoming Classes:

David Vonderheide, Principal Trumpet

January 29, 2018 | Peebles Theatre
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Laura Leisring, Principal Bassoon

February 12, 2018 | Yoder Barn Theatre
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Michael Laubach, Timpani

February 26, 2018 | Studio
1:30 – 2:30 PM

A Roman Holiday • 1/19-1/21

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach Share the warmth of the seven hills of Rome...


Saturday, January 27, 2018| 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Put on your super suit for a super epic adventure! The VSO, side-by-side with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, will perform music from your favorite superhero movies like Superman, Batman,...

Whole Lotta Shakin’ — Swing to Rock • 2/1 & 2/3

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk The talented multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett joins the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to take you through the decades, from the...

Songs of Freedom • 2/2

Friday, February 2, 2018 | 7:30PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Songs of Freedom explores how communities along the Underground Railroad used spirituals to communicate and inspire hope in the pursuit of freedom. Though primarily expressions of faith,...