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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.

Abigail Rockwell receives standing ovation in 2021

About FSO

Founded by Fredericksburg native Dr. Kevin Bartram in the Fall of 2021, the 75-piece FSO is comprised of the most talented string, wind, and percussionists in the region. It performs four concerts per year, including the October Masterworks, Holiday Pops, February Valentine’s concert, and May season finale. 

The FSO recently initiated its Guest Artist Series, aimed at bringing in world-class artists. Guest artists include Abigail Rockwell (granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, composer Brian Balmages, and in the Spring of 2024, three Broadway legends. Concerts are family-friendly, offering opportunities for children to come up on stage with the musicians, meet the players, and enjoy symphonic music in a relaxed setting. 

FSO musicians are top performing musicians. Many perform with other orchestras, and others are professional music teachers. Entrance into the FSO is competitive, and successful candidates are offered a performance contract. 

By offering high-quality, engaging performances, the FSO has gained a reputation as a standard bearer amongst its peer orchestras. This quality is embodied in its dedicated staff, its superb board of directors, and its vibrant volunteer corps.

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 advancing music education in our schools and have developed a partnership with local school systems in Spotsylvania, Stafford, Prince William, and the city of Fredericksburg.
In 2021-22, we:

  • Provided hundreds of FREE concert tickets to middle and high school students and teachers
  • Hosted a school lecture by Abigail Rockwell on her grandfather’s artwork
  • Hosted several school concerts and rehearsals led by FSO musicians

In 2022-23, we will:

  • Host rehearsals for middle and high school students led by composer Brian Balmages
  • Host school workshops led by FSO musicians
  • Provide scores of FREE concert tickets to public and private school students and teachers
  • Host a pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo for children
  • Offer the opportunity for a child to guest conduct the Symphony!

“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