New River Valley Friends
of the RSO


The New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony is a volunteer arm of the RSO dedicated to supporting performances of the Roanoke Symphony in our area and to promoting musical education and awareness programs in New River Valley schools.

The NRV Friends encourage all residents of the New River Valley to participate in all of our programs. To learn more about our recent activities we welcome you to read our Spring 2015 Newsletter.

A Musical Road Show

This is your invitation to make reservations for the Friends sixth annual Musical Road Show. Composed of a variety of six different "stops", each featuring a unique musical attraction and tasty eatables, the Road Show is an experience not to be missed! The Show's Passport contains details on each concert.  These are popular events so we encourage you to make your reservations soon either by calling 540-951-2051 or by mailing in the form on the last page of the Passport.

Update: Once again the Road Show has proven to be very popular. Five evenings are sold out. Stop Three: "Music with "Ragged" Rhythms" on September 23 still has tickets available.  Hurry before these are sold out, as well.

Bus Transportation to RSO Concerts

The NRV Friends will be discontinuing the Bus from Blacksburg to RSO Masterworks concerts in  Roanoke.  We instead encourage you to attend the three concerts that the RSO will be preforming during the 2015 - 2016 season in The Moss Center at VT's Center for the Arts.  We will again be sponsoring the very popular Holiday Pops Concert.  It will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4pm.  The other two performances of the RSO at the Moss Center will be Masterworks concerts on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7pm and Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30.

Tickets to all three RSO performances at VT's Moss Center may be purchased through the Center for the Arts web site:

Education Programs

Each year the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra brings high quality music to young people in the New River Valley through their sponsorship of the SMILES concert series. Thousands of area students have attended concerts and recitals by professional musicians over the years thanks to the generous support of individuals who are passionate about sharing their love of classical music with young people.   Each performance typically reaches between 300 and 1,000 school-age children. Sponsor a SMILES concert and inspire a child to become a musician or a life-long lover and patron of classical music! If you are interested in sponsoring a SMILES program, contact Elizabeth Crone at or call 540.951.8282, or Nicole Paglialonga at or call 772-332-8397

Artist-in-Residence(AIRS)  programs at local elementary schools introduce students to the various instrumental families of the orchestra in five-day sessions. Not only are the students taught music theory, they also enjoy hands-on experiences with the various instruments.

This upcoming season, we are thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring  AIRS programs in three elementary schools in the NRV: Belle Heth Elementary School in Radford, Eastern Montgomery Elementary School in Montgomery County and Critter Elementary School in Pulaski County. 


Rick Furr

Vice President
Kim Adel

Jean Smoot

Recording Secretary
Sara Glesner

Correspondance Secretary
Louise Ridenour

Past President
Leslie Benson

NRV Friends Board of Directors
David Crane - Exec. Dir. RSO
Ann Berenato
Erv Blythe
Edith Carter
Connie Cedras
Frank Clark
Nancy Dowling
Julie Earthman
Donia Eley
Sandy Findley
Jim Hurt
David Jones
Ned Lester
Gloria Moses
Nicole Paglialonga
Maggy Pratt
Jessica Vance
Nicole Wagner