Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Drivers

Provide transportation for guest artists to and from the airport, and from hotel to rehearsals and concerts. Volunteer Drivers must have a good  driving history and a clean vehicle in excellent condition. Volunteers must also meet minimum insurance requirements. 

VSO Boutique/Guest Artist Sales

Actively support sales, assist patrons, and work the Square registers at concerts of both Boutique items and guest artist merchandise. Boutique volunteers sell merchandise before the concerts and during intermission. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the concert.

Education/Young People’s Concerts

Assist with youth and student programs and concerts. This includes ushering students to their seats, help maintain quiet during YPCs, assist with questions and instruction.

Ushers

Help patrons find their seats, pass out program books, and assist with any questions at the concerts. Training is required for all new volunteer ushers.

Office Support

Provide essential office support to the VSO staff during regular office hours,  Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Duties include assisting with mailing projects and helping with other clerical functions.

Volunteer Standards

All volunteers are expected to understand and support the purpose, structure and policies of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the venues, and the volunteer program. All volunteers will:

  • Work cooperatively with VSO staff
  • Positively represent the VSO as community ambassadors
  • Perform assignments and responsibilities willingly and courteously
  • Respect confidentially of sensitive and proprietary information
  • Attend training sessions when necessary

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free tickets to concerts that you work
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with VSO musicians, conductors, and guest artists
  • 10 % discount on tickets purchased

To sign up to be a volunteer, or for more information, contact Kristen Bennington, Manager of Volunteers and Patron Engagement, at 757-213-1411 or kbennington@virginiasymphony.org.

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.