Support the VSO

Personal Giving

Ways to Give

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a cultural cornerstone of Hampton Roads. We have served our community for nearly a century, and we are proud to call the Tidewater region home. We believe that music matters–and that everyone in our community deserves access to the very best in classical music and music education.

Ticket sales account for only one-third of the cost of our concert series and educational outreach programs. We rely on the support of friends like you to bring world-class music to your city, reach more than 45,000 children and lifelong learners each year through engaging and impactful educational programs, and provide a full roster of free community performances at venues in your neighborhood.

Today, join thousands of friends from across Hampton Roads who know that music makes a difference–to communities and to each one of us. Voice your support with a gift to our Annual Fund and help the VSO continue to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages!

On this page, you’ll find details on giving opportunities with the VSO. And once you’ve determined the option that best fits your needs, just click the button below.

Thank you for standing with us in support of great music!

Your gifts make a difference.

If you’d prefer, you can give us a call at 757.213.1417 or mail your contribution to us at this address:

Virginia Symphony Orchestra
150 Boush Street, Suite 201
Norfolk, VA  23510

Questions may be directed to 757.213.1417 or donations@virginiasymphony.org.

Sustainer Society

We know your time and money are valuable. We have created the Sustainer Society to provide ways for donors to engage in easy, no-hassle donations by monthly installment on any major credit card. We have many levels of giving exclusive Sustainer Society benefits to accommodate anyone’s budget.

Take a look at our Sustainer Society Benefits and contact Kate Powell at 757-213-1417 to sign up today!

You can view a listing of our current Sustainer Society members at our Online Donor Listing.

Gift of Securities

Please contact Sammy Serafine at Wells Fargo Advisors to make a gift of securities to the Virginia Symphony.

Sammy Serafine
Wells Fargo Advisors
150 W. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

DTC: 0141
Account: 80530500

Matching Gifts

Participate in your employer’s Employee Matching Gifts Program, and increase your support of the Virginia Symphony!

Check with your human resource department for more information.

See a sample list of employers who offer matching gift opportunities.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

The CFC campaign runs from September 1 through December 15 each year.

If you are federal or military personnel, designate the Virginia Symphony as the beneficiary of your contribution by entering our five-digit code #46038 and the amount you wish to pledge on your CFC pledge form.

To determine which local campaign you belong to visit the Combined Federal Campaign website.

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Legacy Society

While the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is not currently able to manage estate planning or planned giving vehicles, the Development staff is happy to work with you and your financial advisor to find the right option for you.

If you have already named the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in your will or estate plans, we would like to have the opportunity to thank you and invite you to be a member of the Legacy Society. Please contact our Director of Development, Brittany Lavalleur at blavalleur@virginiasymphony.org or at 757.213.1412.

Donor Benefits

Gifts made to the VSO’s Annual Fund throughout our fiscal year (July 1–June 30) are combined to determine your donor level. Donor listings, including those in our Program Books, reflect your overall support through gifts made directly to the Annual Fund or gifts made for a specific purpose, including our education and community engagement programs. Also included are any matching gifts from your employer.

During the 2017-18 season you will be recognized for your support this season, or for your support during the 2016-17 season; whichever amount is higher. If you’d like to know your current donor level, please call Kate Powell, Development Manager, at 757.213.1417.

During the 2017-18 season, donors will be listed in the Program Books based on their 2016-17 gifts.

Friends Circle

Up to $199

  • Recognition as a supporter in the VSO’s online Donor Register
Orchestra Circle

$200–$499

  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Two passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2017-18 season
  • Ability to purchase single tickets a week before they go on sale to the general public during Subscriber-Donor Courtesy Week
  • Recognition as a supporter in VSO Program Books for the entire season
Concertmaster Circle

$500–$999

  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Two additional passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2017-18 season, for a total of four
  • Invitation to attend an Orchestra Insiders’ event
Soloist Circle

$1,000–$1,499

  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Two additional passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2017-18 season, for a total of six
  • Access to the best seats in the house on all single-ticket purchases
Conductor’s Circle

$1,500–$2,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $20)
  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Two additional passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2017-18 season, for a total of eight
  • Invitation for two to the annual Chamber Music Party
  • A voucher for two to attend one Inner Circle Room intermission at VSO Classics concerts at the Ferguson Center for the Arts
Treble Society

$3,000–$4,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $100)
  • Concierge service for ticket exchanges, ticket purchases and seat selection as well as donation questions and renewals
  • Invitation for two to the annual Treble Society Dinner
  • Unlimited passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2017-18 season, with the opportunity for two people to sit on stage during rehearsal
  • Exclusive access to all Inner Circle Room intermission receptions at VSO Classics concerts at the Ferguson Center for the Arts
Symphony Society

$5,000–$9,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $100)
  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity to experience a private backstage tour at your favorite VSO venue before a scheduled VSO concert
  • Opportunity to have dinner with a VSO musician or board member
JoAnn Falletta Society

$10,000–$14,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250)
  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Invitation for two to the annual Falletta Society Dinner
  • Opportunity to attend a private, post-concert dinner with Music Director JoAnn Falletta or Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous
Crescendo Society

$15,000–$24,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250)
  • Previous level’s benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity to attend a private, post-concert dinner with a conductor, guest artist and/or VSO musicians
Stradivarius Society

$25,000 and above

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250+)
  • In addition to receiving all of the benefits listed above, Stradivarius Society members receive customized, premium benefits for their giving level. These benefits may include one or more of the following:
  • Invitations to special VIP events
  • Opportunity to sponsor one or more concerts, guest artists and conductors
  • Opportunity to underwrite one or more of our education and community engagement programs

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...