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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.

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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Stockton Record
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:41:15 -0700

He's assisted with planning for the Santa Fe (N.M.) Opera and Amarillo (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, coached executives for the Houston Symphony, and conducted feasibility studies for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a Wheaton (Ill.) Grand ...
Charleston Daily Mail
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host a free Labor Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson High School in BeckleyThe annual event is sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation. The concert will feature “Country Roads,” ...
Fort Worth Business Press
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:11:15 -0700

She comes to the FWSO from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra where she served as director of marketing from 2009-2014. Previously, she served as director of marketing, sales and public relations for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and as associate for ...
The Virginian-Pilot
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Free concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, the College of William & Mary. Fort Eustis. Music Under The Stars Concert band presents “Overture 1812.” 7 p.m. at Magnolia Park Lee Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.
Charleston Daily Mail
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:07:30 -0700

West Virginia State University and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are partnering on a series of educational offerings during the upcoming year, including a concert on the school's Institute campus at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. The concert will be held in ...
Charleston Gazette
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

West Virginia State University and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are partnering on a series of educational offerings during the upcoming year, including a concert on the school's Institute campus Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.. The concert will be held in ...
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:36:28 -0700

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The Virginian-Pilot
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:56:15 -0700

... shimmied perfectly at tonight's "Dancing with the Hampton Roads Celebrity Stars". This wonderful fund-raising event helped my alma mater, the Governor's School for the Arts, our Virginia Symphony Orchestra and our Virginia Musical Theatre. THANK YOU!

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