The Hampton Roads Philharmonic (HRP) showcases the community’s rich musical talent in four exciting programs throughout the season: October, December, March, and May. A diverse orchestra, the HRP includes active and retired military, music teachers, students, senior citizens, and youth. Welcoming familiar and new composers alike, the orchestra actively commissions new works each season.
The mission of the Hampton Roads Philharmonic is to:
strive for artistic excellence
increase community awareness and participation in the performing arts
program a diverse selection of repertoire
create a variety of educational opportunities and experiences
In 2013, talented professional and amateur musicians in the community – active and retired military, teachers and students, senior citizens and youth, former concertmasters, and community members – signed on to the dream of creating a new orchestra to the Hampton Roads area. That summer, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic (HRP) was born.
The HRP is led by Music Director Steven Brindle, a young conductor and graduate of Christopher Newport University, who has been recognized by the press as exciting local talent. Articles on the HRP under the baton of Brindle have been featured in the Daily Press, Gloucester, and Virginia Gazette newspapers as well as Diversions, Coastal Virginia, and CNU Alumni magazines.
Since then, the HRP has presented over twenty-five performances at the American Theatre in Phoebus and the Ft. Monroe Theater. In recent years, a highlight has been the HRP’s Young Artist Competition, with the winner performing in the March concert.
The HRP regularly provides chamber ensembles to local events and organizations and continues to garner enthusiastic public acclaim. Welcoming familiar and new composers alike, the orchestra strives to commission new works each season. At least eight new compositions have been premiered over six seasons.