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 Valley schools.

A Musical Road Show

This is your invitation to make reservations for the Friends fifth 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 Two, Music Most Fanciful? has sold out.

Bus Transportation to RSO Concerts

During the RSO 2014-2015 season the NRV Friends Bus will once again be running from Blacksburg to the RSO Masterworks concerts in Roanoke . This is a great way to enjoy beautiful music, meet friends and "leave the driving to us". Due to the Masterworks concerts that will be performed in VT's Moss Center, we will be offering bus transportation only for the two Masterworks concerts that will not be performed in the New River Valley: Sunday  Oct. 5 and Sunday April 12.

If you would like to be a "new rider" for the 2014-2015 season, please contact Gloria Moses: 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
David Crane - Exec. Dir. RSO
Kim Adel
Ann Berenato
Erv Blythe
Edith Carter
Betsy Crone
Julie Earthman
Donia Eley
Jim Hurt
Ned Lester
Gloria Moses
Nicole Paglialonga
Jessica Vance
Nicole Wagner