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.

CommUNITY Play-In & Sing-Along • 8/26

Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4:30 - 6 PM Check-in begins at 2:30. Optional Community Rehearsal 3:30-4:00 Join the VSO in a celebration of brotherhood, unity, and peace in remembrance of 9-11. Created in 2017 in the wake of the violence...

Symphony Under the Stars • 8/30, 9/1 & 9/2

Thursday, August 30 | Lake Matoaka Amphitheater, Williamsburg | 7:00PM - 9:00PM Saturday, September 1 | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing | 7:30PM - 9:30PM Sunday, September 2 | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake | 7:30PM - 9:30PM Grab your picnic baskets and lawn...


Friday, August 31 | Waterside District, Downtown Norfolk | 7PM Celebrate the start of Labor Day weekend with a free concert from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brass ensemble. Bring a chair or blanket and we'll see you Friday, August 31st! Key, arr. David...

Symphony by the Sea • 9/6

September 6, 2018 | Neptune's Park (31st Street / Atlantic Avenue) | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm The Symphony by the Sea Series, presented by The Breeden Company, is back for another year, and is better than ever! Beachfront pops will once again fill the air for...