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Virtual Residency Program

During this time when we’re unable to be together in person, Virginia Arts Festival has collaborated with some of our favorite artists to bring you a series of virtual concerts. 

While it’s no substitute for gathering together to experience the beauty and the power of the live performing arts, we hope our Virtual Residency Program will enrich your students’ learning this school year, and we look forward to seeing everyone in person when we can safely gather.  

Virtual Residency Components:

  • Lecture-demonstrations available for streaming
  • Zoom talk-backs with artists
  • Zoom masterclasses

Seraph Brass

Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics.

Catalyst Quartet

Praised by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthly vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for their “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine) and now celebrating their tenth season, Akropolis Reed Quintet has performed all over the world and conducts extensive educational residencies that reach thousands of children every year. A maverick of new wind music, Akropolis has commissioned over 50 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “pure gold”.

Rob Fisher with Meredith Lustig

Rob Fisher – internationally distinguished artistic director, conductor, and pianist – is a leading figure in American music and musical theater. Recent collaborations have included performances with such artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Idina Menzel, and David Hyde Pierce. Within the past decade Mr. Fisher has been a guest conductor or pianist with virtually every major orchestra in the U.S.

Praised for her “radiant soprano” and “outstanding dramatic presence,” Meredith Lustig is establishing herself as an artist of great versatility and sophistication. A graduate of the Julliard School, Ms. Lustig is equally accomplished and at home in musical theatre and in opera and has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Email education@vafest.org for more information.

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Corporate Sponsors

Clark Nexsen, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Nordstrom, USAA


D. Baker Ames Charitable Foundation, East Beach Institute, Leah S. Wohl Musical Arts Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, ODU Hixon Community Engagement Fund, Ruth Brown Memorial Fund, Sentara Optima Health Virginia Premier

Government Support

The following cities and/or their Arts and Humanities Commissions: Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.