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.

VAF Funhouse Fest • 6/22 – 6/23

Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23 Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Friday, June 22 7PM | Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (Main Stage) 8:30PM | New Commonwealth Quartet (Second Stage) 9:15PM | Alison Krauss (Main Stage) Saturday, June 23...

VSO JAZZ | A Night of Romance • 6/30

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | Inn at Warner Hall, Gloucester | 6:30 - 9:30 PM Enjoy a relaxing evening of VSO Jazz with guest vocalist Elijah Rock! Catering provided by Waypoint Seafood & Grill. $1000 Table (seats 8). Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with...

Symphony by the Sea • 7/12

July 12th, 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...

Symphony by the Sea • 7/26

July 26, 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 magical...