The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Old Dominion University have signed a collaborative agreement that expands the existing relationship between the organizations. Planned future programs outlined in the new agreement include a university/VSO “Presents” series; master classes for students by VSO conductors or soloists; workshops for students with VSO musicians and special access to open rehearsals; discounted and free tickets for ODU music students and faculty; a summer camp for high school instrumental and choral students at the university; integrating VSO programming with the University’s Strome Entrepreneurial Center and Health and Wellness to create research opportunities for ODU students; performance and professional development opportunities; administrative internships; education and community engagement volunteer opportunities assisting VSO musicians; and a minority fellowship program for string instrumentalists. The institutions have begun planning a joint fundraising strategy designed to increase opportunities for music students. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Old Dominion University are both based in Norfolk; the orchestra performs in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

Posted March 5, 2019