Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Norfolk, VA

Mission

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a leading cultural asset that is the source of regional pride, connecting everyone in Hampton Roads through the transformative power of exceptional musical performances and educational activities. We are committed to providing civic value to our diverse community well beyond residents who attend concerts. We foster long-standing partnerships with audiences, artists, donors, volunteers, community and business partners that are based on the following values:
 Excellence and Quality
 Accessibility and Community Service
 Financial Integrity and Sustainability
 Diversity and Inclusiveness
 Cooperativeness and Flexibility
 Openness and Transparency
 Perseverance and Tenacity

Ruling Year

1957

President and CEO

Ms. Karen M. Philion

Main Address

150 Boush Street Suite 201

Norfolk, VA 23510 USA

Keywords

virginia, symphony, orchestra, music, classical, concerts, joann falletta, music education

EIN

54-6000598

 Number

7190737057

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Classics

Young People's Concerts

Pops!

School/Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR)

Small Ensemble Specialty Program

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Our Results

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Total number of paid admissions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

This figure includes Single Ticket and Subscription sales to the VSO's main concert series, including Classics, Pops!, PB&J, and special performances at each of our venues throughout Hampton Roads.

Total number of free admissions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

This includes all Complimentary Single Ticket and Complimentary Subscriptions for each of our main concert series, including Classics, Pops!, PB&J, and special performances throughout Hampton Roads.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The VSO aims to entertain, educate, and inspire the residents and visitors of our area through high quality orchestral music performances, education programs, and community engagement initiatives. Our myriad programs and performances are designed to actively engage a broad audience of students, adults, and lifelong learners throughout our region.

In order to accomplish these goals, the VSO is committed to fostering long-standing relationships with audiences, artists, donors, volunteers, community and business partners based on the following values: excellence and quality, accessibility and community service, financial integrity and sustainability, diversity and inclusiveness, cooperativeness and flexibility, openness and transparency, and perseverance and tenacity. The VSO's new strategic plan emphasizes the importance of establishing a strong base of local support and reaching out to a broader, more diverse community through a variety of different programs.

The VSO has a thriving network of support throughout the Hampton Roads community, including many local business partners, regular patrons, partners in education, community volunteers, and more. To strengthen existing relationships and develop new partnerships, the VSO employs an active full-time staff of 19 non-profit professionals and a 26-member Board of Directors, including local business leaders, educators, and community volunteers. Our well-established network of partners throughout 11 districts in Southeast Virginia help us to decide which on programs and to what audience the VSO should be focusing our efforts. In addition, the VSO enjoys the support of more than 500 volunteers throughout our community, who contribute more than 14,000 hours a year towards helping us reach our goals.

The VSO evaluates the success of our regular concert series through ticket sales and audience feedback, both written and face-to-face. Similarly, we evaluate our community engagement programs by encouraging the audience to respond to the performance and adjusting according to their feedback. Each of the VSO's education programs utilize teacher and student feedback forms to determine what methods or programs were successful and which need improvement. In the long term, the VSO will know that our concert series and Education and Community Engagement programs are successful if our ticket sales increase and if we are able to reach a greater audience in more meaningful and impactful ways.

In recent years, the VSO has made great strides towards achieving fiscal stability. By cutting costs in every department and increasing revenues through increased marketing efforts, the VSO has been taking the necessary steps towards eliminating our debt and reaching a healthy financial future. Despite our progress, the VSO has a long way to go to accomplish the goal of financial stability.

The VSO has also greatly improved the quantity and quality of our Education and Community Engagement programs. This accomplishment has been the result of hard work from our partners in education, musicians, and administrative staff. In future years, the VSO aims to expand current our Education and Community Engagement programs to reach more students and lifelong learners beyond Hampton Roads.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

League of American Orchestras

Financials

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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