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.

The Music of Star Wars • 4/27

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30 PM Performing original music from the iconic motion picture series, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away in a concert of Jedi proportions. Experience the...

OBX Outdoor Concert • 4/28

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | Roanoke Island-Festival Park, Manteo, NC | 3PM 1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954 Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by nationally acclaimed resident conductor Benjamin Rous. This evening’s...

Afternoon Encores • 5/1

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 2:00 PM | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake  A special concert for the Senior Community of Hampton Roads Robert Shoup, conductor Enjoy a look back in time with familiar light classics and favorite popular tunes. Join the...

Afternoon Encores • 5/2

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 2:00PM | Virginia Beach Convention Center  A special concert for the Senior Community of Hampton Roads  Enjoy a look back in time with familiar light classics and favorite popular tunes. Join the musicians of the Virginia Symphony on a musical...