Category: News

Carol writes for Inside Business

February 19, 2024

Calling all businesses: In case you missed it, our Executive Director Carol Minter was recently featured in Inside Business. She shares why your business should take the LEAP and support the local arts community.

Catina & Sara on 13News Now

February 6, 2024

Leap on over to 13News Now – WVEC right now as Communications Specialist Catina Billups and Development Director Sara Balgoyen share more about our Leap for Soundscapes campaign!

Carol Minter on The Hampton Roads Show

January 3, 2024

Our Executive Director Carol Minter is on the Hampton Roads Show to sharing how music changes lives. Watch the segment at

Hampton Roads Perspectives

November 26, 2023

Executive Director Carol Minter was interviewed for Audacy’s Hampton Roads Perspective show. It as broadcast on RNB957, Z104fans, 2WDRadio, and 949ThePoint beginining at 6 a.m.!Z-104 at 6 a.m.94.9 The Point at 6:30 a.m.95-7 R&B at 7 a.m.2WD 101.3 at 7:30 a.m.

Carol Minter on 13NewsNow

November 21, 2023

Carol had a great time telling Bethany Reese and all the 13News Now – WVEC viewers about the upcoming Peninsula Youth Orchestra concert during November 21st’s noon broadcast! If you missed it, you can watch the video on the 13NewsNow page:…/291-5bc66c48-bf81-4da1-a8d7…

Newsletter Archive

October 25, 2023

Access the last 10 newsletters here. If you’d like to see an older newsletter, email

Soundscapes on Focal Point

October 12, 2023

If you missed seeing Soundscapes on Focal Point on October 13th, it’s not too late to catch it online! See the full episode on Music in Virginia, then watch the extended interview about Soundscapes.

Featured in Peninsula Chronicle

July 6, 2023

Did you see this Peninsula Chronicle article about the #BofAStudentLeaders program from Bank of America? We’re so glad to have Aaron with us this summer! https:/

Give Local 757 2022

April 26, 2023

We’re so thankful for everyone who supported our students through #GiveLocal757 this year!Thanks to you, more than $3000 was added to the Yaffa Howell Music Fund to support our graduating seniors!Check out these behind the scenes exclusives from the LIVE news broadcast yesterday on 13NewsNow WVEC!

Federal Funding

March 26, 2023

Where were you when you heard the news? We are beyond excited to announce $677,000 in federal funding, sponsored by Congressman Bobby Scott, to prepare Soundscapes for expansion! We’ll be sharing more information soon!

International award-winning musicians to play at Soundscapes Gala

September 16, 2022

Award-winning musical group Ensamble 7/4 will bring their unique blend of Venezuelan folk music, Latin American music, and jazz to Newport News on October 1 at the Soundscapes Gala. The Gala, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, will raise funds to support the student musicians of… Read more »

Soundscapes to Expand and Enhance Programs

August 10, 2022

City of Newport News Awards $65,000 to Soundscapes to Prevent Gun Violence Soundscapes will provide its music education services for more middle and high school students with grant funding from the City of Newport News. Soundscapes was one of 19 local organizations to receive funds from the City as part of their new Gun Violence Intervention Program.  Soundscapes… Read more »

Important Changes at Soundscapes

April 1, 2022

Anne Henry to Become First Director of Government Initiatives Soundscapes Co-founder and Executive Director Anne Henry will be moving into the new position of Director of Government Initiatives beginning May 1. After leading the organization from a small start-up with just 40 students to a thriving nonprofit that has reached more than 1,400 students since 2009,… Read more »

Featured on WHRO Curate

December 21, 2021

WHRO highlighted Soundscapes in a December episode of Curate, a series that explores the thriving art scene in our own backyard and across America. Click the video above to watch the whole episode! The segment featuring Soundscapes begins at the 10:36 mark, and Peninsula Youth Orchestra is featured during the closing credits.

We think you’ll agree, the students and teaching artists who were interviewed did an amazing job representing the organization!