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Virginia Symphony Society Honors Ben Rous

The Virginia Symphony Society’s 2018 annual gala benefit for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra honored Benjamin Rous, VSO Resident Conductor since 2010. He has performed on every series presented by the orchestra including Classics, Regional Classics, Pops, and the multimedia VSO@Roper series. Mr. Rous holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. He was recently named Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony and has joined the University of Virginia music faculty.

The gala raised over $40,000 for the VSO and it's educational programs in Williamsburg. The event featured performances by: Mr. Rous and the New Commonwealth Quartet; the VSO Woodwind Quintet; and VSO violinist Amanda Gates. Funds raised at the gala support VSO outreach activities such as the School/Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR) which brings VSO musicians to Williamsburg to coach public school music students. This year, seven string instrument students from Warhill High School volunteered to organize a program and provide entertainment for guests at the gala’s pre-dinner reception.

View over 200 professional photos from the 2018 gala on Flickr.
Photo Credit: Helen's Place Photography.


Rachel Ordaz

Rachel Ordaz was the guest performer at a Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg pre-concert dinner, held prior to the Virginia Symphony’s October 12th concert at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. This is her sixth season performing with the Symphony as its sole piccolo artist. She also performs with its flute ensemble. Rachel is a 2011 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


VSSGW Check Presentation

The VSSGW presents a check to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the annual outdoor concert at The College of William & Mary's Matoaka Ampitheater. The gift represents proceeds from the society's 2017 benefit gala.



Annual Gala Honors Goodes, Supports Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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The annual gala to benefit the Virginia Symphony Orchestra was held on April 22 at Governor's Land at Two Rivers in Williamsburg. Former President and CEO of Norfolk Southern, David Goode, and his wife Susan (left) were honored at the event for their generous and long-time support of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Mark and Denise Tysinger (right) were Honorary Chairs.


EVENT PHOTOS (see 148 professional photos on Flickr)

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VSO Musicians Mentor Students

LHS students mentored by VSO musicians

Lafayette High School string instrument students celebrate at the end of a mentoring session presented by Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians at the school in February.

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Tuba Player Entertains at Member Social

Tuba Player Entertains at VSSGW SocialPeter DuBeau, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s principal tuba player, was the guest of the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg at its February members-only social.  Mr. DeBeau joined the Symphony in 1989.  He entertained the VSSGW members with a musical interlude, and also spoke about the role of the tuba in a symphony orchestra.  The tuba is a relatively young instrument, having been developed in the mid-nineteenth century.


Williamsburg Mayor Joins Membership

For Pre-Concert Festivities

Mayor Paul Freiling was among the guests at the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg’s pre-concert dinner at the Kingsmill resort.  VSSGW President Barbara Vollmer welcomed him.  The Holiday Brass concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, was performed at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, and was conducted by VSO Resident Conductor, Benjamin Rous.


Williamsburg Mayor Paul Freiling and VSSGW President Barbara Vollmer


Virginia Symphony Orchestra Provides


Professional Development for Teachers

WJCC Professional Development TrainingString instrument teachers from the Williamsburg-James City County school syste participated in a professional development day in which members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra provided coaching on techniques which the teachers can pass on to their students.

This was the first time that this type of professional development was offered to the school system by the VSO, and it was enthusiastically received by the teachers from three high schools, two middle schools, and five grade schools. The 6-hour in-service qualified for staff development credit for the teachers. Teachers rotated through sessions with VSO musicians on the violin, viola, cello and bass. Although each teacher is an accomplished musician with proficiency on a specific string instrument, they teach all orchestral string instruments. These instruments vary in size and physical characteristics, and the differences are reflected in how each is held and played.  The VSO musicians provided the teachers with “hands on” tips on techniques for playing the instruments which the teachers can use to frame their instruction.


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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