Virginia Symphony’s development director: from playing flute to raising funds

Posted on: March 9, 2017

“Brittany Lavalleur was about 5 when she saw the New York Philharmonic on television,” writes Linda Lamm English in Wednesday’s (3/7) Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA). “ ‘I recall being totally mesmerized by it,’ she said…. ‘I distinctly remember turning around to my parents and saying, “That’s what I want to be when I grow up.” Specifically, she wanted to play the flute, and has been since elementary school, though not so much these days. There’s little free time for the working mom, who is the director of development for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A key project for VSO this year involves expanding its focus on education. The orchestra already partners with other organizations for special programming, like when it performs at the Sentara Music and Medicine Center on Gresham Drive. But the nonprofit, which is headquartered … in Norfolk, wants to do more. ‘We are really here to serve in more ways than outstanding concerts,’ Lavalleur said.” Lavalleur says her two proudest achievements are being “named a ‘Rising Star’ Fundraising Professional of the Year by FundRaising Success Magazine, and in 2013 I completed the Essentials of Orchestra Management [program] through the League of American Orchestras.” Included is a brief Q&A.

Posted March 9, 2017