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.
Songs For A Dreamer – A Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. • 1/19

Songs For A Dreamer – A Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. • 1/19

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Booker T. Washington High School | 7PM Join the City of Norfolk and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for this annual celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This concert is part of the VSO’s Harmony Project - a...

Music and Spirits • 1/23

Music and Spirits • 1/23

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg | 5PM Join us for an intimate evening of music, spirits and mingling!  Internationally renowned Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd joins a VSO Brass Quintet for a unique sensory experience. Excerpts from...

Intermission: Professional Development for Musicians • 1/25

Intermission: Professional Development for Musicians • 1/25

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Diehn Center for the Performing Arts | 10AM Join violinist Elena Urioste in a session connecting the mind, body, and spirit of your music-making through an introduction to yoga, Saturday, January 25 at 10:00a.m. at the Diehn Center for the...

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique • 1/24-1/26

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique • 1/24-1/26

Friday, January 24, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, January 25, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, January 26, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Glasgow-born conductor Douglas Boyd enjoyed a...