Open Rehearsals

Schools and community groups are invited to observe the orchestra’s working rehearsals. These rehearsals offer an intimate view of the musicians and conductor in the artistic process of preparing a concert. Admission to these rehearsals is $5 per person.

Contact James Justice, Education & Community Engagement Manager, at to make reservations.

Reservations are available to ODU students only for the following rehearsals:

Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM,
Virginia Beach

Rehearsing Messiah with orchestra, chorus, and soloists and conductor Adam Turner.


Thursday, March 8th, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Norfolk

Rehearing works by Glass and Rimsky-Korsakov with Michael Laubach, VSO Principal Timpanist, Robert Cross, VSO Principal Percussionist, and Eric Jacobsen, conductor.

POPS: The Music of John Williams

Saturday, March 24th, 2018: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Norfolk

Rehearsing works by John Williams with Benjamin Rous, VSO Resident Conductor.

Carmina Burana, Plus a World Premiere!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Norfolk

Rehearsing Orff’s Carmina Burana with JoAnn Falletta.

Handel’s Messiah • 12/13 – 12/15

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 8PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | First Baptist Church, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | 8PM Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and VSO Chorus...

Holiday Brass • 12/12-12/16

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake | 7PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Regent University Chapel, Virginia Beach | 7PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 |...

Holiday Pops! • 12/20 – 12/22

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Friday, December 21, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 8PM Join us for the must-see...

Jingle Bell Jam • 12/22

Saturday, December 22 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music...