Who We Are
“The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has been a key player in this state’s arts community for nearly 80 years, bringing music not only to performance halls, but school gymnasiums, armories and even hillsides – anywhere Vermonters would gather to enjoy and share all forms of music. I appreciate the VSO’s commitment to our local communities, our schools and our vibrant arts scene. This is truly our Vermont Symphony Orchestra!” — Governor Peter Shumlin, 2013.
With around 40 annual performances statewide in concert halls, beautiful natural settings, and historic and community buildings, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra has proven its value and sustainability, not only as the nation’s oldest state-assisted orchestra, but as one of the finest of its size. In addition to concert programming, SymphonyKids presentations annually reach thousands of school children statewide. The VSO serves year round with in-school educational programming, children’s concerts, and composer residencies, as well as choral and chamber music concerts.
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc., a state-assisted non-profit institution founded in 1935, exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music. It seeks to raise the common standard of musical education and enjoyment, and to provide, at moderate cost, quality performances for a broad and diverse public throughout the State of Vermont.
WE ENVISION an institution that is central to Vermont’s artistic identity, an orchestra that all Vermonters are proud to call their own: Creatively responding to a changing landscape, constantly creating, energizing, and revitalizing patrons statewide, and serving as a focal point for music as it is today and will be tomorrow.
The VSO will interact musically with Vermont’s broad and diverse public through exceptional musical programs that demonstrate a deep commitment to the creation and performance of living music, that are presented in diverse settings and formats that attract current and new audiences, and are financially and logistically accessible to everyone.
The VSO will visibly and deeply commit to the many communities it serves. Excellence-based participatory music education initiatives will cultivate musical creativity, curiosity, and inspire a new generation of audience members and advocates. Innovative, mutually beneficial partnerships with wildly creative individuals, cultural institutions across all performing arts, and pioneering companies will diversify audiences and create artistic projects to engage an entirely different category of music lover.
We will live in the present, honor the past, and invent our future together.