Campaign Update

Campaign Goal:

$12 Million

Raised to Date:

$12 Million

Thank you! We reached our goal!

​The Virginia Symphony Orchestra proudly announces its largest fundraising campaign in its history…

Vision Forward Campaign

Celebrating 100 years of community service and creativity, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has launched its “Vision Forward” campaign. This unique initiative will preserve the orchestra as a strong community asset for generations to come by significantly increasing the size of its endowment and providing the stimulus for future innovative programming both on and off the stage.

“The future of the VSO is bright and Vision Forward has created new momentum for the organization, we continue to evolve into an even stronger community partner serving all of Hampton Roads as its only full-time, professional symphony orchestra.”

– Mike McClellan
Chair, VSO Board of Directors

“As we look forward together to celebrating the VSO’s 100th anniversary in the upcoming season, the organization has much to celebrate – not only a venerable history of extraordinary musical performances and deep community engagement, but a strong financial foundation on which to build for the future.”

– Karen M. Philion
VSO President and CEO

Beyond The Stage

Since 2016, the VSO has significantly expanded its strategic vision by deepening its education and community service beyond presenting concerts. The VSO has created new and unique programming throughout the region including music therapy-based health and wellness programs with non-traditional partners including hospitals and nursing homes. Additionally, the VSO’s collaboration with Old Dominion University is one of the only programs of its type in the country that enhances music education for students by providing hands on instruction with the VSO’s professional musicians. And, just this past year, the VSO performed its first-ever sensory-friendly concert to expand access to people on the autism spectrum.

To learn more about Vision Forward, please call
Lauren DiPeppe, Director of Development, at 757-213-1417.

Special thanks to our Vision Forward donors

Abbitt Family Foundation

Mrs. Carolyn Abbitt

Captain Richard and Holly Aleks

Anonymous (8)

Anonymous Foundation

Arnold B. McKinnon Family Symphony Fund

Baldwin Advisory LLC

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banks, III

Clay H. Barr

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Batten, Jr.

David and Claire Benjack

Mr. William D. Benson

Birdsong Peanuts

Sarah and Bruce Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Bloch

Jim and Judith Bowers

Lilly and Bruce Bradley

Mrs. Joan Brock

John and Kathleen Broderick

Robert and Laney Brown

Dan and Janet Burdette

Capt. and Mrs. James G. Burritt

Caterpillar Foundation

Drs. Sarah B. Clarkson and John M. Herre

Leroy and Cora Collins

Susan and Norman Colpitts

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Cooper

Dr. and Mrs. William A. Coulter

Parker Councill and Robin Everett

Page and Virginia Cranford

Mrs. Nancy A. Creech

Debra Wendells Cross and Robert W. Cross

Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Cummings

Curtis Group Consultants

Ms. Christina L. Goode and Ms. Martha M. Goode

Dr. and Mrs. Robert T. Davis

Ms. Ernestine I. Dole

Ms. Cheryl A. Dronzek

Mr. William Drury

F. Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Fannie, Milton, and Leslie Friedman Family Foundation

Kelly and Tim Faulkner

Barry and Anita Fletcher

Stan and Janet Glasofer

Susan and David Goode

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greene

Dr. and Mrs. Adolphus Hailstork

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Hall

Jim and Helene Haluska

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Jo Ann and Buzzy Hofheimer

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Howard

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Howe III

Dr. and Mrs. T.W. Hubbard

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hughes

Connie Jacobson

Norma and Alan Jaffe

Dr. Larry Kagan and Diana Erye

Mr. Jake A. Keller

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kern

Teresa M. Kraus and Walter T. Camp

Ms. Maria Latona

Aubrey and Peggy Layne

Drs. Donald R. and Elyse B. Lehman

Fred & Cindy Levy

Lamuel and Sandra Lewis

Dr. and Mrs. Edward Lilly

David J. Littley, Jr.

Elizabeth L. Young

Dr. Jean Major

Bill Martin and Pamela Russell

Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. McClellan

James and Emily McDaniel

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick B. McDermott

Mr. Robert McLean

Ms. Betty Jean Meyer

Dr. Jonathan Miller and Ms. Barbara Miller Chapman

Robert and Kathleen Morris

Mr. James Muir

Newport News Shipbuilding

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. O’Hanlon

Dennis and JoAnn Olson

Deb Butler

Grace & Fred Parkinson

Mrs. Jane Pellegrino

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Penny

The Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation

Diane and Bob Petterson

Karen and Tom Philion

Bradley and Carolyn Pittman

PNC Bank

Bill and Robin Poulter

Dr. and Mrs. Mallory Read, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Reading

Mrs. Sandra Armstrong and Mr. Tom Richmond

Pamela Rinsland

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Roberts, Jr.

Louis F. and Prudence H. Ryan

John Saunders

Dr. Paul Sayegh

Betty & Jack Shannon Charitable Fund

Betsy B. Shelton

Mr. Asa Shield, Jr. and Helene Uhlfelder, Ph. D

Jane and Win Short

Charla Smith-Worley

Mark Sorin, DDS and Linda Ferro

Joan and Jim Spore

Ira and Jean Steingold

Mr. Lawrence L. Steingold

Vanessa Sutherland and Elliot Wolf

James and Carole Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Taylor

The Pruden Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Rony Thomas


TowneBank Foundation

Priscilla and Sam Roady

United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Van Buren, lll

Donna and Jeffrey Van Keuren

Virginia Chamber Players

The WatsonWalsh Family Fund

Neil and Pat Walsh

Eleanor and Henry Watts

Ashlin and Wayne Wilbanks

Mr. and Mrs. Arba Williamson, III

F. Blair and Jane S. Wimbush

Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Winchester

Steve and Lynne Winter

John and Deborah Wyld