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. The orchestra welcomes familiar, and new composers alike and actively commission new works each season.
Our mission is to strive for artistic excellence, increase community awareness and participation in the performing arts, program a diverse selection of repertoire, and 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 in 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 the press has recognized 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. A highlight has been the HRP’s Young Artist Competition in recent years, with the winner performing in the March concert.
The Hampton Roads Philharmonic regularly provides chamber ensembles to local events and organizations and continues to garner enthusiastic public acclaim. The orchestra welcomes familiar and new composers alike and strives to commission new works each season. At least eight new compositions have been premiered over six seasons.