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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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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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The Richmond Symphony is pleased to announce that Hae Lee has been selected as the new Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO) Conductor, performing three concerts with RSYO each season. His work with the Richmond Symphony School of Music will also include two series of Discovery concerts per season, one in the fall and one in the spring. 

This role is in addition to Lee being named Associate Conductor and Jack and Mary Ann Frable Associate Conductor Chair of the Richmond Symphony. Lee will be joining the artistic team beginning in July in preparation for the 2024–25 season and you can meet him at the season finale performances of Verdi’s Requiem on June 1 and June 2.

“I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful Richmond family,” said Hae Lee. “I not only loved the fantastic sound of the orchestra when I visited, but also the warm and welcoming atmosphere. I enjoyed working with the talented young musicians of the Youth Orchestra as well. I am looking forward to working with the wonderful Valentina Peleggi and everyone else in this community.”

A Korean conductor, Hae Lee was the 2nd prize winner of the Kussewitzky Conducting Competition and the Finalist of the Besançon Conducting Competition. Lee has worked with conductors around the world, including Finland, Italy, South Korea, France, and Germany as well as throughout the United States. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Conducting from the Korea National University of Arts and he holds his Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Maggie Walker musicians—do you recognize the violinist on the left in this photo from 2006?! 👀 From left to right: RSYO alumni Allison Barnes, Erin Hobson, and Esther McMahon 🎶

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We’re student musicians, of course we love playing in the Youth Orchestra Program! 🤩🎻🎺🎶

Sign up for your audition for the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program today! Auditions will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit the link in our bio to secure your spot!

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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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