Virginia Symphony Orchestra Announces New Board Leadership

HAMPTON ROADS, VA (August 24, 2016) - - Patrick B. McDermott will serve as the Chair of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the fiscal year which began July 1. Continuing in their roles as officers of the non-profit corporation are Treasurer, Carolyn Pittman and Secretary, Susan Goode.

Patrick McDermott, an attorney in private practice on the Peninsula for more than 30 years, has served on the VSO Board since 2012, on the Executive Committee for the past two years, and as Vice-Chair for the 2015-16 season.

McDermott is active in the Hampton Roads community, having served on numerous boards including Alternatives, Inc. (past President), The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, The Hampton Yacht Club Board of Directors, The Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Hampton, Peninsula Agency on Aging Foundation, Hampton Public Library Foundation, Hampton Public Schools Foundation, The American Red Cross, Hampton Roads Chapter, Mennowood Retirement Community (past President) and the Hampton Bar Association (past President). He is currently on the board of TowneBank. Mr. McDermott resides in Williamsburg, with his wife of forty-two years, Elaine, who teaches at Hampton Roads Academy.

After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Montclair University in 1973, McDermott earned his Law Degree from the College of William and Mary in 1977.


Under the leadership of Grammy-winning music director JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is Virginia's preeminent professional symphony orchestra with a mission of inspiring, educating and connecting audiences of all ages.

Founded in 1921, the VSO is ranked in the top ten percent of professional orchestras nationwide and serves the entire Southeastern Virginia region with Classics, Pops and Family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg, as well as performances in outlying Virginia and North Carolina communities, reaching nearly 150,000 concert-goers every year. Additionally, the Orchestra annually reaches 45,000 children, students and lifelong learners with its education and community programs. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and is the cornerstone of the performing arts in Hampton Roads.

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