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 with our Annual Fund Membership Form to:

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

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

Sustainer Society

Enroll in our automatic monthly giving program for as low as $10/month and enjoy Sustainer Society Benefits. Contact Lauren Pifer at 757-213-1417 to sign up today!

Learn more about our Sustainer Society Benefits here!

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.

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.

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 Senior Director of Development, Emily Barnhill, at ebarnhill@virginiasymphony.org or at 757.213.1412.

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Sustainer Society

2018-19 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 July 1, 2018. 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 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

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 2018-19 season, your benefits are based on your support this season, or for your support during the 2017-18 season; whichever amount is higher. If you’d like to know your current donor level, please call 757.213.1417

Friends Circle

Up to $249

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

$250–$499

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • 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
Concertmaster Circle

$500–$999

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Two additional passes to each of two Open Rehearsals during the 2019-20 season, for a total of four
  • Invitation to attend an Orchestra Insiders’ event
Soloist Circle

$1,000–$1,499

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Access to the best seats in the house on all single-ticket purchases
  • Invitation for two to the opening night Classics post-concert receptions with the conductor and musicians
Conductor’s Circle

$1,500–$2,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $20)

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for two to the annual Chamber Music Party
  • Invitation for two to attend selected receptions at either Pops! or Classics series throughout the season.
Treble Society

$3,000–$4,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $100)

Previous level’s benefits, plus:

  • 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†
  • Opportunity for two people to sit on stage during the Open Rehearsals *
  • Exclusive access to intermission receptions at VSO Classics concerts as available
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 a private meet & greet with a VSO leader or musician
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 meet & greet with Music Director JoAnn Falletta or VSO musician.
Crescendo Society

$15,000–$24,999

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250)

The Virginia Symphony’s Crescendo and Stradivarius society members receive customized tailored, premium benefits base on interests.

Stradivarius Society

$25,000 and above

(Non tax-deductible amount – $250+)

The Virginia Symphony’s Crescendo and Stradivarius society members receive customized tailored, premium benefits base on interests.

*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 July 1, 2019. Additional benefits may be added throughout the season.

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