Background

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 2016 Newsletter.

A Musical Road Show

This is your invitation to make reservations for the Friends seventh 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.

Holiday Pops at the MOSS

We will again be sponsoring the very popular Holiday Pops Concert.  It will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4pm at Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061. In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre.

Masterworks at the MOSS

We encourage you to attend the RSO Masterworks that will be preforming during the 2016 - 2017 season in The Moss Center at VT's Center for the Arts.  The Masterworks concert will be on Sunday, March 12, 2016 at 3pm.

Tickets to all RSO performances at VT's Moss Center may be purchased through the Center for the Arts web site: www.artscenter.vt.edu or by calling 540.231.5300.


Education Programs

SMILES
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 ecrone@vt.edu or call 540.951.8282, or Nicole Paglialonga at npviolinist@gmail.com or call 772-332-8397

Artists-in-Residence
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 four elementary schools in the NRV: Belle Heth Elementary School in Radford, Eastern Montgomery Elementary School in Montgomery County, Critter Elementary School in Pulaski County and Giles County.  To learn more about the AIRS program or to apply for a 4 year grant for your school please contact Dr. Edie Carter at ecarter@Radford.edu or call 540.639.1263.




Members

President
Kim Adel

Past President
Rick Furr

Treasurer
Nancy Dowling

Recording Secretary
Sara Glesner

Correspondance Secretary
Donia Eley

NRV Friends Board of Directors
David Crane - Executive Director RSO
Ann Berenato
Edie Carter - AIRS Chair
Connie Cedras
Frank Clark
Julie Earthman - Musical Roadshow Chair
Sandy Findley
Jim Hurt - RSO & RYSO Concerts Chair
Jim Johnson
David Jones
Ned Lester
Nicole Paglialonga - SMILES Chair
Maggie Pratt
Jessica Vance

Committee members
Betsy Crone - SMILES