End-of-season Youth Orchestra Program concerts

Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, 2024

OP conductor Dr. Goldie leads the 100+ members of YCO and the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble for Robert W. Smith’s Rites of Tamburo. YOP partnered with two of VCU’s youth ensembles for the first time this spring. Photo by James H Loving Photography.

Congratulations to all students involved in our spring YOP concerts! 🎉🎶 Day one of performances featured String Sinfonietta, Camerata Strings, and Youth Concert Orchestra. Our friends from the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble also performed on stage, celebrating the first year of our partnership together. At the end, YCO and GRYWE came together for a spirited performance of Robert W. Smith’s Rites of Tamburo that involved over 100 musicians!

Day two featured Percussion Ensemble and the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, including Hayley Dunn, RSYO violinist and winner of the 2023–24 RSYO Concerto Competition. The Greater Richmond Youth Jazz Band also performed and at the end, combined with RSYO to perform George Gershwin’s ‘S Wonderful.

In total, almost 200 students performed in our end-of-season concerts–and that doesn’t even include our partners from GRYWE and GRYJB! Kudos to all students involved, and congrats on a memorable 2023–24 season.

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