School Residencies

The School/Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR) program allows students the opportunity to create in-depth interactions between themselves and the professional musicians of the VSO through mentorship and coaching. Students are also able to attend VSO concerts, usually at no charge.

Other programs available under the SOAR program are Small Ensemble Specialty Programs. Specialty programs utilize two to five VSO musicians in settings which allow children and adults alike to explore the various aspects of music through the musicians’ performances and question and answer sessions. These programs are 45 minutes to one hour in length. These programs include:

  • Meet the Families – This program showcases four VSO musicians who tell about their “family” of instruments – brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion – and play short engaging pieces. Appropriate for grades 1st through 4th.
  • Come Blow Your Horn – Great for Pre-K through 2nd graders, this dynamic french horn duo will captivate their young audience!
  • Big Bad Musical Wolf – Using special musical arrangements specifically created for this program, the flautist, bassoonist, trombonist, and double bassist take students through the stories of the Three Little Pigs, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and a musical story from the Wolf’s point of view entitled “B.B. Wolf” by Jon Deak.
  • From Bach to Beatbox – Take a ride through musical history and explore music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, even The Beatles and more!
  • Aesop’s Fables – Along with violin and cello, these fables come alive through live narration.
  • Professional Development Program (PDP) – The focus of this program is to reach music educators who want more information about instrumental pedagogy. In a relaxed setting, VSO musicians share their expertise and insight on teaching young instrumentalists.

Symphony Under the Stars • 8/29 – 9/1

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Lake Matoaka Amphitheater, Williamsburg | 7PMSaturday, August 31, 2019 | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown | 7:30PMSunday, September 1, 2019 | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake | 7:30PM Grab your picnic baskets and lawn chairs and settle...

Symphony by the Sea • 9/5

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM Neptune Festival's Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, presented by The Breeden Company, is back for its 9th year, and is better than ever! Located in 31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach...

CommUNITY Play-In & Sing-Along • 9/8

Sunday, September 8, 2019 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4:30PM 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 in Charlottesville, this annual event embraces our community’s cultural...

Rachmaninoff and Ravel • 9/13-9/15

Friday, September 13, 2019 | Ferguson Center For the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, September 14, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, September 15, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM To launch her final season as Music Director,...