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.

Concert in the Park • 8/20

Sunday, August 20, 2017| 8 PM | Town Point Park, Norfolk Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 23510 Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra will appear in concert Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 8:00 pm for a free evening Downtown Norfolk...

Symphony Under the Stars • 8/31

Thursday, August 31, 2017  | 7:30 PM | Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, 201 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Grab your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and join us for a free outdoor concert at the College of William & Mary's...

Symphony Under the Stars • 9/2

Saturday, September 2, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690 Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a FREE concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under a canopy of...

Symphony Under the Stars • 9/3

Sunday, September 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320 Pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a FREE concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under a canopy of...