Welcome Letter

We expect to develop stronger collaborations with area schools and arts organizations. And we will be offering grants and scholarships to support promising area music programs and musicians. We have already made a grant to the “The Thrill of the Orchestra” Education Concert of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra playing side-by-side with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra on January 25, 2016. This program, broadcast by WDBJ, is designed especially for children and families alike focusing on instrument families in the orchestra, different composers, genres and styles of music.

And we will continue to offer house concerts and chamber orchestra and ensemble music — with special emphasis on families and seniors. One such concert “Mozart in May” is scheduled for 7 pm on May 7, in Celebration Hall at the Floyd EcoVillage. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra ensemble of symphony virtuosi led by Artistic Director David Stewart Wiley will present two of Mozart’s most beloved major ensemble works, the piano quartet in G Minor, and the Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat, featuring acclaimed RSO principals Akemi Takayama, Kathleen Overfield-Zook, and Kelley Mikkelsen. As a special bonus, the program will include a preview of a new Bluegrass-infused composition with ensemble and dancer Katie Wells. (see ‘Concerts / Tickets’ tab) Our Concerts have been well attended and enthusiastically received.

You are invited to join us in this vibrant enterprise. Experience Floyd as many locals do: where sustainable living is valued, and where the musical, visual, craft, and movement arts are cherished. And where the physical beauty of the hillsides, the unique galleries, shops and local restaurants, as well as the sustaining traditions of our heritage music create a heart-full and value-centered atmosphere in which our musical offerings can thrive.

We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, partners, and volunteers — who make our concerts and programs possible. We invite you to attend our concerts, and to consider making a donation or getting involved as a volunteer (see ‘Support Us’ tab) to help make this collaborative undertaking sustainable.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

VBRMF Board of Directors