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    Read the NW Reverb review of our April 24-25 Concert featuring the Young Artist competition winners

Read the Jan 22 2013 story in the Oregon Music News about the VSO and it's support for local young musicians

The VSO Awarded Grant from Firstenburg Foundation - Grant focuses on the VSO's Education Initative


The Firstenburg Foundation has authorized a grant for $20,200 to The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to further its Educational Program, announced VSO Executive Director Dr. Igor Shakhman. The grant is The VSO Education Initiative - CLICK to learn more!presented to help advance the VSO's Education Initiative, focusing specifically on working with children from low-income families and expanding its reach to disadvantaged communities.


"We are thrilled to be a part of the monumental effort to improve the quality of life in Clark County in this post-recession environment. As one of the area's main educational institutions, we see our role as one in which to inspire children to continue pursuing the path of knowledge and education. We are grateful to Firstenburg Foundation for their help in this endeavor." states VSO Board Chair Dr. David Smith. CLICK HERE or on the graphic above to learn more about the VSO Education Initiative.


The VSO is committed to the establishment and long-term success of music education programs in the community. The Firstenburg Foundation Grant will help support various educational initiatives including Maestro in the Schools, Student Vouchers and VSO Ensembles Performances in the Schools.


About The Firstenburg Foundation
The Firstenburg Foundation invests in community nonprofits that make a measurable difference within Southwest Washington and the Portland Metropolitan Area, communities formerly served by First Independent Bank, which was founded by Edward. W. Firstenburg. The Foundation supports the legacy of Edward W. and Mary Firstenburg, that of improving the economic conditions and quality of life within our community.



Enriching Our Community


A vital part of the mission of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is to educate the youth of SW Washington to understand and appreciate classical music. We help to generate enthusiasm among new audiences in our community through:

Musicians in the Schools

Maestro Brotons visits area schools to conduct seminars. The VSO musicians give private lessons to over 250 students and more than a thousand students in area schools.


Thanks to the sponsorship of Umpqua Bank (see related press release) we are able to provide two spring performances for more than 1,200 children each year as well as educational materials and CDs to classroom teachers.


A class of elementary school children arriving for a concert

The concert hall FILLED with rapt children

From an email received following our Spring 2010 Concert:


"We had a wonderful time at the concert. The solo by Fred was wonderful and I've been teaching the waltz so the kids started directing right away. The kids loved participating and even though that caused worry for the teachers it was a lot of FUN! "

Linda W.
Music Teacher
Chinook Elementary


Education Programs

Thanks to a generous grant The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is able to offer free gift vouchers to local students. We work in cooperation with Vancouver and other local school districts to distribute these vouchers. Educators interested in learning more please contact us at or 360-735-7278 for more information.


Young Artists Competition

The Young Artists Competition is an integral part of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to the musical advancement of the youth of Southwest Washington.


Music students 18 years and younger compete in piano, strings or brass/woodwinds. A panel of judges selects the competition finalists and winners perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at our April concerts.

CLICK HERE to learn more...