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 757.213.1415 or mail your contribution to us at this address with our Annual Fund Membership Form to:

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

Questions may be directed to 757.213.1415 or donations@virginiasymphony.org.

Vision Forward

Celebrating 100 years of community service and creativity, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has launched the largest campaign in its history – Vision Forward. Click here to learn more.

Sustainer Society

Looking for an easy way to make a difference all year long? Become a member of our Sustainer Society and you’ll help the VSO continue to inspire, educate, and connect audiences of all ages. And, you’ll gain access to special benefits – learn more here!

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.

Click here to review a list of some local employees who offer matching gift opportunities.

Legacy Society

Planned giving strategies can help you build a meaningful legacy that will honor your lifelong love of music. The VSO Development staff would be honored to work with you and your financial advisor to find the right option for you. If you have generously named the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in your will or estate plans, we would like to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Legacy Society. Please contact our Director of Major Gifts, Lauren DiPeppe at 757-213-1417 for more information.

Gift of Securities

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

Sammy Serafine
Wells Fargo Advisors
150 W. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-431-6312
sammy.serafine@wellsfargoadvisors.com

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Account: 80530500

Donor Advised Funds

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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Virginia Symphony Foundation 

The Virginia Symphony Foundation provides financial support to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra through investment of donors gifts to the VSF endowment fund.

To learn more about the Virginia Symphony Foundation, please click here.

Sustainer Society

2021-22 Season

Virginia symphony sustainers support the VSO year-round with a monthly donation automatically charged to a credit card. With the starting amount at only $10, making an impact cannot be simpler! In gratitude for the support of our Sustainers, the Virginia Symphony is pleased to offer benefits for this support.

*Subject to availability. Restrictions apply.
¹Email required.
These donor benefits are offered as of August 1, 2019. Additional benefits may be added throughout the season.

All Sustainers receive:

  • Special 20% off ticket offers twice a year* ¹
  • Recognition from the stage and in a program book insert at the final Classics concert of the season

Sustainers: $20+ monthly

  • All previous benefits
  • Inclusion in the Orchestra Circle
    • Two passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2019-20 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

Tchaikovsky Sustainers: $50+/month

(Non tax-deductible amount – $188)

  • All previous benefits
  • Inclusion in the Concertmaster Circle
    • Invitation to attend an Orchestra Insiders’ event

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 2020-21 season your benefits are based on your support this season or for your support during the 2019-20 season; whichever amount is higher. If you would like to know your current donor level, please call Linda Dyer, Donor Relations, at 757.213.1412.

Friends Circle

Up to $249

  • Bi-Monthly eNewsletter with special VSO content
  • Recognition as a VSO supporter in the VSO’s online Donor Register
Orchestra Circle

$250–$499

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Two passes to one Open Rehearsal during the 21-22 season
  • Exclusive, early access to purchase single tickets to special VSO performances
  •  Access to the VSO Donor Ticket Help-Line for specialized assistance with subscription and ticket purchases
Concertmaster Circle

$500–$999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Special access to an Orchestra Insider Event
  • Two passes to two Open Rehearsals during the 2021 season
Soloist Circle

$1,000–$1,499

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Recognition as a supporter in VSO pre-concert PowerPoint slides for the 2021-2022 season
  • Special Invitation to an exclusive “Toast to the Season” reception
  • Concierge service for ticket exchanges, ticket purchases, and seat selection as well as donation questions and renewals
Conductor’s Circle

$1,500–$2,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the Chamber party in Spring of 2022

(Non tax-deductible amount – $20)

Treble Society

$3,000–$4,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Access to two tickets to the annual Treble Society Event in Spring 2022
  •  Exclusive access to intermission receptions at select VSO concerts as available.

(Non tax-deductible amount – $100)

Symphony Society

$5,000–$9,999

The Virginia Symphony’s Symphony, Falletta, Crescendo and Stradivarius society members have access to special invitation and experiences throughout the season. For more details, please contact Lauren DiPeppe in the Development Office at 757-213-1417 for more information.

JoAnn Falletta Society

$10,000–$14,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

The Virginia Symphony’s Symphony, Falletta, Crescendo and Stradivarius society members have access to special invitation and experiences throughout the season. For more details, please contact Lauren DiPeppe in the Development Office at 757-213-1417 for more information.

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250)

Crescendo Society

$15,000–$24,999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

The Virginia Symphony’s Symphony, Falletta, Crescendo and Stradivarius society members have access to special invitation and experiences throughout the season. For more details, please contact Lauren DiPeppe in the Development Office at 757-213-1417 for more information.

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250)
Stradivarius Society

$25,000 and above

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

The Virginia Symphony’s Symphony, Falletta, Crescendo and Stradivarius society members have access to special invitation and experiences throughout the season. For more details, please contact Lauren DiPeppe in the Development Office at 757-213-1417 for more information.

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250+)

*On-stage seating is assigned on a first-come, first served basis.

**Subject to availability.

†Ticket purchase required.


These donor benefits are offered as of October 1, 2020. Additional benefits may be added throughout the season.

Nathaniel StampleySTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, THE COLOR PURPLE, THE LION KING, and RAGTIME

Nathaniel Stampley starred as ‘Porgy’ in the Broadway National Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He has also starred on Broadway in CATS, The Color Purple, and The Lion King. West End (London): The Lion King. Broadway National Tours include Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Other credits include Big Love, Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, New York City Center's Encores!; Abyssinia, Pacific Overtures, Strike Up the Band, One Touch of Venus, Violet, Once on This Island, Big River, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Show Boat, Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, and The King and I. He has performed in The Weill Music Institute concert series, Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos recording). El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony and Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

@nathanielstampley

Ali EwoldtAli Ewoldt has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour). Ali’s concert work includes: Alice Tully Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt

Teri HansenSTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS SHOW BOAT, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE

Teri Hansen has received International recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actress from Opera to Broadway and concert stages around the world. Miss Hansen made her Broadway debut in The Boys From Syracuse and starred in London’s West End as ‘Magnolia’ in Hal Prince’s Tony award winning production of Show Boat. Most recently she starred in the National Tours of The Sound Of Music (Elsa) and the Tony Award winning An American In Paris. Miss Hansen starred in tours of The Music Man as ‘Marian Paroo’, ‘Guenevere’ in Camelot and as ‘Magnolia’ in Show Boat. Internationally recognized as an interpreter of Weill, Miss Hansen starred as “Rose” in the film version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Miss Hansen also toured for years with Marvin Hamlisch, appeared at the Lincoln Center singing Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as regular appearances there as a part of the prestigious “Meet the Artist” series. Her solo CD “Into Your Arms…Love Songs of Richard Rodger’s” is available worldwide.

@teridhalinks

Sean MacLaughlinSTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, THE WOMAN IN WHITE and BOMBAY DREAMS

Sean MacLaughlin recently garnered critical acclaim across the country performing the role of Juan Peron in the Broadway National Tour of Evita. He has sung with countless symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada singing the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers. Broadway credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Elton John’s Lestat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White and Bombay Dreams. Other credits include Transport Groups Productions of The Audience, Requiem for William, and Baby: in Concert; South Pacific: In Concert at Carnegie Hall; Grand Hotel, Follies and More at Signature Theatre in DC; The Sondheim Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along and Chess at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Frank Wildhorn’s Excalibur and Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Film includes HBO’s Something the Lord Made and Walking Shadows.

@theatremutt

VSO Guest Artist: Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has extended his interpretive voice to a broad spectrum of repertoire as both a soloist and recitalist. He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, he performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.

‍Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Schubertiade, Spoleto, Brevard, Grand Teton, Chautauqua and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights.”

Mr. von Oeyen has recorded for Warner Classics since 2017. His albums under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin and a disc including Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, have been met with critical acclaim. Mr. von Oeyen has also recorded award-winning recital albums of Liszt, Debussy, and Stravinsky under the Delos label.

Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Léni Fé Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.