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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is an American orchestra serving the Hampton Roads metro area. The orchestra performs more than 200 concerts throughout the region notably at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, PBK Hall at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and at Regent University in Virginia Beach. The VSO also works closely with Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival as well as every school district in the region.

The orchestra was founded in 1920 as the Norfolk Symphony, and was for a time the only American orchestra between Baltimore and Atlanta. During the US economic crisis and recession of the 1970s, the Virginia Symphony assumed its present form in 1979 with the merger of the Norfolk Symphony, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Beach Pops Symphony.[1]

Past music directors of the orchestra have included Henry Cowles Whitehead, Edgar Schenkman and Russell Stanger. In May 1991, JoAnn Falletta was appointed the orchestra’s eleventh music director. Its current President and Executive Director is Eric Borenstein.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg.

Music directors[edit]

  • Walter Edward Howe (1921–?)
  • W. Henry Baker
  • Bart Wirtz
  • Arthur Fickenscher
  • Frank L. Delpino
  • Henry Cowles Whitehead (1934–1948)
  • Edgar Schenkman (1948–1966)
  • Russell Stanger (1966–1980)
  • Richard Williams (1980–1986)
  • Winston Dan Vogel (1986–1990)
  • JoAnn Falletta (1991–present)


  1. ^ Allan Kozinn (17 April 1997). "A Consolidated Orchestra That's Thriving". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 

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West Virginia MetroNews
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:41:15 -0800

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A search committee at the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has their work cut out for them to find the ideal replacement for Maestro Grant Cooper who announced his retirement earlier this fall. “We have received literally resumes ...

The Daily Athenaeum

The Daily Athenaeum
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:43:24 -0800

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform a three-concert series in Morgantown, debuting on Nov. 13. The concert titled "From The New World" will reflect on various influences of American culture through time, dating back to the late 19th century.

The Daily Athenaeum

The Daily Athenaeum
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0800

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, established in 1939, has enriched the region through live orchestral music. Since its foundation, the WVSO has served as a source of entertainment and educational learning opportunity primarily in the Parkersburg, ...
The Virginian-Pilot
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:40:45 -0700

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced Friday that it had reached a two-year contract with its musicians. "The new multiyear contract signals a new level of engagement within the organization," VSO board Chairman Steve Test said in a news release.

William and Mary News

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:03:45 -0700

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's popular “Symphony Under the Stars” fall outdoor concert series is returning for four concerts the week leading up to Labor Day. “Symphony Under the Stars” is an annual event that acts as a prelude to the VSO's upcoming ...

Washington City Paper (blog)

Washington City Paper (blog)
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:45:00 -0800

In the pit, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Adam Turner, was a bit sluggish at first, but thankfully came back with more energy in the second half as the opera turned from lighthearted to tragic. Even with a fairly lackluster ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:03:45 -0800

Wolfram, who performs Saturday night at the Clay Center as the guest of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, said, “The only really bad pianos I've seen are the ones no one has really taken care of.” In the places he plays, concert halls with ...

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:56:15 -0800

Wolfram will play “Rhapsody in Blue,” along with Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, also a jazz-infused piece from the earlier part of the century, when he appears with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...

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