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.

Handel’s Messiah • 12/13 – 12/15

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 8PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | First Baptist Church, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | 8PM Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and VSO Chorus...

Holiday Brass • 12/12-12/16

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake | 7PM Friday, December 14, 2018 | St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg | 8PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Regent University Chapel, Virginia Beach | 7PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 |...

Holiday Pops! • 12/20 – 12/22

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Friday, December 21, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 8PM Join us for the must-see...

Jingle Bell Jam • 12/22

Saturday, December 22 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music...