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 music education programs in New River schools.

A Musical Road Show

This is your invitation to make reservations for the Friends fourth 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: Stop Four, "Musik mit eirn Deutschen Schlag" and Stop Five,  "Music, Strictly Strings" have sold out.

Bus Transportation to RSO Concerts

During the RSO 2013-2014 season the NRV Friends Bus will once again be running from Blacksburg to the RSO Masterworks concerts on :  Monday October 7, Monday November 11, Monday March 17 and Sunday April 27. This is a great way to enjoy beautiful music, meet friends and "leave the driving to us". The bus is $15 per person and departs  from Gables Shopping Center at 5:20 and Warm Hearth at 5:30 for the Monday evening concerts.  The departure time for the the Sunday afternoon concert on April 27th is projected to be 12:30pm from the Gables Shopping Center and 12:40 from Warm Hearth.

If you would like to be a "new rider" for the 2013-2014 season, please contact Judith Jones at Enjoy the ride to the concert. Season tickets for the concerts may be ordered at 540-343-9127 or order tickets online here.

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. Recent performances have included a percussion ensemble, woodwind and piano quintets, and a Celtic harpist. Special concerts have included Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf featuring orchestra musicians from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, concerts by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Virginia Tech, and a children's opera featuring Radford University faculty and students. The 2010-2011 season included the Kandinsky Trio, Brass 5, and the Paramount Chamber Players. 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.

Artist-in-Residence 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.

The NRV Friends welcome members annually and encourage participation in their activities. Socials for members are scheduled throughout the year and a biannual newsletter shares news of their work.


Rick Furr

Vice President

Jean Smoot

Recording Secretary
Sara Glesner

Correspondance Secretary
Louise Ridenour

Past President
Leslie Benson

NRV Friends Board of Directors
Beth Pline - Exec. Dir. RSO
Kim Adel
Ann Berenato
Erv Blythe
Edith Carter
Betsy Crone
Julie Earthman
Donia Eley
Jim Hurt
Janet Johnson
Jim Johnson
Judith Jones
Ned Lester
Gloria Moses
Kevin Sullivan
Nicole Wagner