About FSO

Bridging a Great Community with Great Music

Vision Statement

We envision a community where live music connects people from all walks of life to inspire a more vibrant and creative region.

Mission Statement

Believing that music has the power to inspire, the Fredericksburg Symphony will fulfill this mission by enriching the community with live music. The Symphony brings performances, educational programs, and community engagement initiatives for audiences to experience music in a way that is relevant and meaningful to their own lives. Through music, the Fredericksburg Symphony aspires to create shared experiences and connections that improve the quality of life in Fredericksburg and throughout the region.

About FSO

Founded by longtime Fredericksburg resident (and former conductor of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra) Maestro Kevin Bartram, the 65-piece FSO is comprised of many of the most talented musicians in the region, both amateur and professional. The group also boasts many of the regions’ finest music teachers and young performers.

The Fredericksburg Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to enhancing and increasing the cultural awareness of classical music in the central-Virginia community by presenting high caliber performances by amateur and professional musicians, and by encouraging and educating young performing artists.

From its new home at beautiful Lifepoint Auditorium in Central Park, the non-profit FSO will perform four concerts during its Inaugural 2021-22 season: October Masterworks, Holiday Pops, and two Spring concerts. Lifepoint Auditorium is a 1,000-seat hall equipped with a large foyer, ample parking, and concert stage that is unmatched in the region.

FSO’s Education Initiative

The FSO is committed to music in our schools and have developed a partnership with local school systems. In only its first few months, middle and high school students have enjoyed:

  • Free tickets to concerts for themselves and parents
  • Field trip to attend a lecture by Abigail Rockwell on the art of her grandfather Norman
  • Open rehearsals of the FSO in preparation for the Holiday Pops concert
  • Two concerts by the FSO’s String Quartet

“I want to commend you for organizing the opportunity for our students.  It was obvious that you had prepared them for the visit!  As I looked around the auditorium, the students were captivated by Ms. Rockwell and the projection of her grandfather’s artwork gave them something to reference.  It was a perfect learning experience for our students.”

Thank you,
Sandra P. Gillenwater,  M Ed

Fredericksburg City Public Schools
Communication and Community Outreach

The FSO Quartet giving HS students a lesson