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ANNOUNCEMENT

Welcome to The Richmond Symphony School of Music

FOUNDED IN THE SUMMER OF 2020, the Richmond Symphony School of Music (RSSoM) is now in operation as a virtual music school open to the public. Together, we aspire to provide a broad range of programming to Central Virginia, the Commonwealth, and beyond, and to establish the foundation upon which a brick-and-mortar community music school will be established in the future.

During our first year, over 400 students attended more than a dozen offerings: digital ensemble classes based on our pre-COVID youth orchestras; precollege chamber music, music theory, and composition classes; and evening classes for adults with a vision for more in the future. As a virtual music school, we utilize videoconferencing software and an array of both digital and traditional resources to supplement instruction and exploration, and to facilitate real-time lessons and classes.

A diverse and dedicated team of musicians, students, teachers, parents, administrators, and music education professionals representing our region’s leaders in the field continue to develop our plans for growth in 2021 and beyond.

Our sincere hope and dream is that RSSoM will grow to take its place among Richmond’s many fine institutions as a hub of a spectrum of activities, where music education is accessible to all and where all styles and traditions of music are valued, respected, and pursued with dedication, passion, and love: "changing lives through the power of music."

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LAST CHANCE! Don’t miss your last chance to register for the Young Composers Seminar! All applications are due by the end of the day TODAY on Friday, June 21. Visit the link in our bio or read below for more information about the program.

Introducing the Young Composers Seminar! Your Richmond Symphony and VCUarts Music are proud to announce this special opportunity for young composers! High school students interested in musical composition will join acclaimed composer Damien Geter, Richmond Symphony Composer in Residence, on the journey from inspiration to performance next season as he leads a cohort of young composers through a unique musical experience. Young composers will gather monthly, both in person and online, to share and workshop their projects with Damien and each other, culminating in a special live performance in May 2025.

Young Composers Seminar is presented in collaboration with VCUarts Music. Students will have access to VCU’s Media Lab and the contemporary tools for composition used by their composition and media scoring students, including GarageBand, Logic Pro, Finale, and a full suite of software instruments. Since the collective project of the seminar will be a performance of student work by live musicians, each participant will produce a notated score and parts as part of their final project using Finale software.

Whether you think of yourself as a composer or not, all students interested in directly participating in the process of creating new music are encouraged to apply.

To apply, complete the application form linked in our bio and submit up to three examples of your creative work via PDF file, audio file, or YouTube link. Written, traditionally notated scores and/or audio/video submissions will be considered. Formal training in composition is not required. 

Photo by James H Loving Photography (@jamesloving).

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Edit: DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, June 21! Don’t miss your last chance to register for the Young Composers Seminar! All applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, June 21. Visit the link in our bio or read below for more information about the program.

Introducing the Young Composers Seminar! Your Richmond Symphony and VCUarts Music are proud to announce this special opportunity for young composers! High school students interested in musical composition will join acclaimed composer Damien Geter, Richmond Symphony Composer in Residence, on the journey from inspiration to performance next season as he leads a cohort of young composers through a unique musical experience. Young composers will gather monthly, both in person and online, to share and workshop their projects with Damien and each other, culminating in a special live performance in May 2025.

Young Composers Seminar is presented in collaboration with VCUarts Music. Students will have access to VCU’s Media Lab and the contemporary tools for composition used by their composition and media scoring students, including GarageBand, Logic Pro, Finale, and a full suite of software instruments. Since the collective project of the seminar will be a performance of student work by live musicians, each participant will produce a notated score and parts as part of their final project using Finale software.

Whether you think of yourself as a composer or not, all students interested in directly participating in the process of creating new music are encouraged to apply.

To apply, complete the application form linked in our bio and submit up to three examples of your creative work via PDF file, audio file, or YouTube link. Written, traditionally notated scores and/or audio/video submissions will be considered. Formal training in composition is not required.

Photo from Damian Geter’s visit to Trinity Episcopal School earlier this season.

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Put your dancing shoes and join us at the Big Tent! 🎪🌳🎶 The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Community Strings will perform at today’s Big Tent concert. This marks Youth Community Strings’s first-ever community performance! 

This concert will include works by Brahms and Saint-Saëns. Violinist Hayley Dunn, winner of the 2023–24 RSYO Concerto Competition, will also perform the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Additionally, this performance will feature three short pieces featuring Youth Community Strings.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 5:00 pm | Hickory Hill Community Center | 3000 E. Belt Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23234

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Happy Big Tent day! 🎪 RSYO, your call time is 4:15. See you soon!
RSYO students, please keep a close eye on your email and on our social media pages this weekend. Thank you!
Come along with us for a behind-the-scenes look backstage before this week’s concerts 👀🎶 Catch all five ensembles in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program and two ensembles from VCU’s youth ensembles in concert next week! Both performances are free to attend; no ticket is required.

Monday, May 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm | Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
String Sinfonietta, Camerata Strings, Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm | Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
Percussion Ensemble, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Greater Richmond Youth Jazz Band

🎶: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, op. 34, mvt. 5. Performed by the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and conducted by Daniel Myssyk in March 2024. 

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RICHMOND SYMPHONY VISION STATEMENT:

We change lives through the power of music.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY MISSION STATEMENT:

The Richmond Symphony performs,
teaches, and champions music to inspire and
unite our communities.

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Young Composers Seminar

With Damien Geter, Richmond Symphony Composer in Residence

Join acclaimed composer Damien Geter on the journey from inspiration to performance next season as he leads a cohort of young composers through a unique musical experience.

Questions: education@richmondsymphony.com

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 Applications are now open for the Young Composers Seminar   Learn More >