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VSSGW Presents $55,000 Check to

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For the ninth straight year, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) opened its Williamsburg concert season with a free performance at the amphitheater at Lake Matoaka, located on the campus of the College of William and Mary.  Under the baton of the Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Benjamin Rous, the Orchestra performed a variety of classical and contemporary music which was intended to give the audience a preview of selections that the Symphony will be performing during its 2016 – 2017 Season.  Williamsburg concerts are held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the College campus, and also at CrossWalk Community Church.

Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg President Barbara Vollmer welcomed the Orchestra and, together with longtime supporter and VSSGW Founder Mr. Bert Aaron, presented Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chair Patrick B. McDermott with a check for $55,000 to support the VSO.  The funds were proceeds from the 2016 VSSGW Annual Gala held earlier this year.

Rick Overy - Compass Wealth Strategies2016 Member of the Year

The Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg honored Rick Overy with its Member of the Year Award at its 2016 annual meeting.  He has been a strong supporter of the VSSGW and has donated his services as auctioneer at the VSSGW’s annual gala for six years.  "His efforts have helped in raising over $150,000 for the VSSGW in its support of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra" noted past recipient Judi Woods. The money helps to fund Virginia Symphony activities in Williamsburg, such as the School/Orchestra Artistic Residency program (SOAR) in which VSO musicians coach local high school musicians.

Rick, a Williamsburg resident for over 30 years, holds a degree in Finance from the College of William and Mary and served as Associate Dean of the School of Law.  He serves on the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority and the Williamsburg/JCC Library Foundation Board. Professionally, he is a Financial Advisor and   co-founder of Compass Wealth Strategies.


2016 Gala Benefits the Virginia Symphony

The Kings - 2016 VSSGW Gala

The Kings - VSSGW GalaThe Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg’s 2016 annual gala in support of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra recently took place at The Two Rivers Country Club. The Gala, which grossed $86,000, honored long-time Symphony supporters Gail and Gary King.

The entertainment focus of this year’s gala was the music of Benny Goodman and the big band era.  Sal Andolina, a virtuoso clarinetist and saxophonist, and national touring artist who appeared with the Virginia Symphony in 2015, was the featured artist for the event. 

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Special thanks to our 2016 Gala Benefit Corporate Sponsors!

VSO Musicians Coach Students

Williamsburg Music SOARS!school

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra recently brought its School/Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR) program to three Williamsburg high schools.  Five VSO musicians coached and performed as a group at Jamestown, Lafayette, and Warhill High Schools.  This is the third year that the VSO has provided students with the opportunity to meet and learn from professional musicians. Students were broken into small groups to receive coaching, and then reassembled to perform a musical selection.
SOAR matches VSO musicians with local schools.

This program, for the Williamsburg schools, is underwritten by the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg.  Pictured is VSO violinist Seiko Syvertsen who instructed Jamestown High School students.

For further information please contact Christina Havens, the VSOs Director of Education and Community Engagement at or 757-213-1421.


The Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg (VSSGW) is a proud supporter of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO), one of Virginia's top cultural institutions.

Directed by internationally acclaimed director, JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has distinguished itself across the country and was recently elevated to national status upon being admitted to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians.

The VSSGW is dedicated to enhancing the rich cultural life of Greater Williamsburg and Hampton Roads through support of this wonderful orchestra. VSSGW members are active in attending concerts, assisting with regional outreach activities, fund raising, pre-concert dinners, receptions and special events.



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