Campaign Update

Campaign Goal : $12 Million

Raised to Date : $9.3 Million

​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
Elizabeth Baroody, Vice President of Development, at 757-213-1419.

Special thanks to our Vision Forward donors

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Aaron

Abbitt Family Foundation

Anonymous Foundation

Baldwin Advisory LLC

Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Banks

Clay H. Barr

Birdsong Foundation

Lilly and Bruce Bradley

John and Kathleen Broderick

Leroy and Cora Collins

Minette and Charles Cooper

Mrs. Nancy A. Creech

Debra Wendells Cross and Robert W. Cross

Stacy and Aimée Cummings

Dr. and Mrs. Robert T. Davis

Ms. Ernestine I. Dole

F. Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Fannie, Milton, and Leslie Friedman
Family Foundation

Kelly and Tim Faulkner

As of 1/20/2020
*deceased

John and Irene Field

Barry and Anita Fletcher

Goode Family Foundation

Susan and David Goode

Connie Jacobson

Dan Jobson

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kern

Mrs. Eleanor Marshall*

Bill Martin and Pamela Russell

Joanne C. McClellan

Andria and Mike McClellan

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick B. McDermott

Oriana McKinnon

Elizabeth Miklos

Newport News Shipbuilding

Deb Butler Painter

The Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation

Diane and Bob Petterson

Karen and Tom Philion

Bradley and Carolyn Pittman

Louis F. and Prudence H. Ryan

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

Jane and Win Short

Joan and Jim Spore

James A. Squires and Karen Jones Squires

Ira and Jean Steingold

Mr. Lawrence L. Steingold

Vanessa Allen Sutherland and Eliot Wolf

Mr. and Mrs. Rony Thomas

Elaine M. Themo

Garland Tillery and Jim Early

TowneBank Foundation

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

John T. Vojtek

Eleanor and Henry Watts

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne F. Wilbanks

F. Blair and Jane S. Wimbush

Don and Amanda Winchester

Steven and Lynne Winter

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