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 Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle • 10/20-10/22

Friday, October 20, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle is to opera...

Halloween Spooktacular • 10/29

Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join Robert Shoup and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun! The Orchestra will perform some of the spookiest...

From the Music of Bach to the Reformation Symphony • 11/3-11/5

Friday, November 3, 2017| 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Sunday, November 5, 2017| 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach We mark the 500th Anniversary of the...

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 • 11/9 & 11/11

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 8PM | Crosswalk Community Church, Williamsburg Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 8PM | Regent University, Virginia Beach The second installment of the series begins with Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Kodály based the...