The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is a symphony orchestra based in, and supported in part by, the U.S. state of Vermont. It is a 501(c)(3) corporation. It is one of the few, and the oldest, state-supported symphony orchestras in the United States.
In 2007 it had 55 full-time musicians. It presented 40 concerts a year. Its budget was $1.5 million annually. For fiscal year 2009, the state of Vermont budget contained a $125,402 grant.
It was founded in Woodstock
in 1934. It was invited to perform at the New York World's Fair
, in 1939.
The summer Vermont Mozart Festival started in 1973 and has been presented every year since.
It performed in each of the state's 251 cities and towns between 1984 and 1986.
A part of the founding mission of the VSO is to make symphonic music accessible, at an affordable cost, to Vermont's mostly rural citizens. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra does not have a single home hall. Chartered to bring music to the citizenry, the VSO performs in a broad range of settings including Robert Todd Lincoln's
the public lawn of the Vermont State House
, the Flynn Center in Burlington
, Shelburne Farms
on the shore of Lake Champlain
in Shelburne, Vermont
, Trapp Concert Meadow and many town commons, opera houses and university art centers including Johnson State College
, Middlebury College
, Castleton State College
, Lyndon State College
, and the University of Vermont
. The VSO has extensive educational outreach with its Musicians-in-the-Schools and Orchestral Youth Concerts programs.
Jaime Laredo has been music director since 1999. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's associate conductor is Anthony Princiotti. The choral director for the Symphony is Robert DeCormier.