Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Norfolk, VA   |  www.virginiasymphony.org

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 info

1957

President and CEO

Ms. Karen M. Philion

Main address

150 Boush Street Suite 201

Norfolk, VA 23510 USA

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EIN

54-6000598

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Classics

The Classics series showcases musical works spanning centuries, from masters such as Beethoven, Mahler and Mozart, as well as contemporary music. Every year, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to have the opportunity to present quality concert performances at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, the Ferguson Center in Newport News and the Chrysler in Norfolk. Also, the VSO has classics concerts at Phi Beta Kappa Hall and Crosswalk Community Church in Williamsburg.

Population(s) Served

The Young People's Concerts (YPCs) are the cornerstone of the VSO's education initiative. YPCs provide area school-day concerts to more than 25,000 third- through fifth-grade students each year. The VSO provides teachers with a Young People's Concert Guide containing pre- and post-concert activities that support Virginia State Standards of Learning (SOLs) in multiple subjects. The students are bused in to hear a live, interactive symphonic performance by professional VSO musicians. The YPCs introduce students to symphonic music, selected composers, the instruments of the orchestra, orchestra history and the geography of world music. As a result of participating in these classroom and concert activities, children demonstrate a deeper appreciation and knowledge of classical music.

Population(s) Served

The Pops! concert series delights long-time patrons and attracts new audiences with entertaining fusions of orchestral arrangements and popular music.

Population(s) Served

The School/Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR) program supports public school band and orchestra programs by providing expert instruction and mentorship through year-long artist residencies. VSO musicians are assigned to partner schools and visit classrooms frequently to enhance students' musical education, give students individual attention to help them reach their full potential and inspire confidence and a life-long love of music. The VSO has partner schools in six cities, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Population(s) Served

The Small Ensemble Specialty Program features up to five VSO musicians and provides themed concerts especially for families with young children. Each forty-five minute long concert has a theme such as Meet the Families, Big Bad Musical Wolf, Aesop's Fables and From Bach to Beatbox.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Award for Adventurous Programmming 2010

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Affiliations & memberships

League of American Orchestras 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Patrick McDermott

McDermottWard

Term: 2016 - 2018

Susan Goode

Community Volunteer

Jane Short

U.S. Trust

Asa Shield

Community Volunteer

Bert Aaron

Community Volunteer

Minette Cooper

Community Volunteer

Nancy Creech

Neptune Festival

Leslie Friedman

Community Volunteer

Mike McClellan

Norfolk Southern

Rony Thomas

LifeNet Health

Richard Waitzer

Waitzer Properties

JoAnn Falletta

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Carolyn Pittman

Newport News Shipbuilding

Barry Fletcher

Newport News Shipbuilding

Howard Kern

Sentara

Michael Lee

Independent Lighting

Robert Petterson

Community Volunteer

William Van Buren

Kaufman & Canoles

Karen Philion

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Cyndi Brown

Virginia Symphony Orchestra League

Barbara Vollmer

Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg

Ray Breeden

The Breeden Company

Tim Faulkner

The Breeden Company

Patrick McDermott

McDermottWard

Vahn Armstrong

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Rachel Ordaz

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Kate Broderick

Community Volunteer

Don Winchester

PNC

Jim Spore

President, Reinvent Hampton Roads

Stacy Cummings

CFO, Priority Automotive

Bill Downey

CEO, Riverside Health System

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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