Youth Orchestra Program

Camerata Strings

Camerata Strings is the intermediate-level string ensemble of the Youth Orchestra Program.

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About Camerata Strings

Intermediate-Level Strings
Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass

Camerata Strings is the intermediate-level string ensemble of the Youth Orchestra Program. To gain entrance into Camerata, students must pass an audition, the first such experience for many students. In this ensemble, students learn proper rehearsal etiquette, how to make music as an ensemble, and take seating auditions regularly. Students’ skills are challenged with increasingly difficult repertoire and attention to phrasing, bowings, dynamics and articulations.

Interested in joining Camerata Strings? Submit your Student Musician Info below.

Audition Requirements:
CS Audition Packet 2022-23

YOP General FAQs

(NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 and a virtual fall semester, the information below is not be accurate for this season.)

In the 2020/21 season our YOP students worked together to create a combined final recording project. Final projects are presented in during an end of semester Virtual Concert for students, friends, and family to attend.

In a normal season, String Sinfonietta, Camerata Strings, and YCO present two performances in the Carpenter Theatre each season (December and May)
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra presents three performances in the Carpenter Theatre each season (November, February and May).

All ensembles will typically present one concert in the community during the season

Yes! In an effort to ensure that participation in YOP is accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay, we are proud to offer a number of tuition assistance programs:

1. Financial Aid
Financial Aid will be applied based on a sliding scale; families may be eligible for 25%, 50%, 75% or 90%
tuition assistance. Click here to download the Financial Aid Application.

Private lessons are not required, however they are strongly encouraged for all of our students to help advance their skills.

(NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 and a virtual fall semester, the information below is not be accurate for the Fall 2020 season. We are currently re-envisioning what the roles of Parent Reps will be during our Virtual Fall semester.)

Parent Representatives are a vital ingredient for the success of YOP. Parent representatives are present at every rehearsal to supervise check-in, set-up, announcements, and dismissal. A tuition waiver will be granted for one child of the parent representative in YOP for the current year. Applications are reviewed at the beginning of each season. Apply to be a parent rep here.

Yes! The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program is very proud to support music education at all levels, and our policy has always been that Youth Orchestra musicians must participate in their school’s band and/or orchestra program, if class instruction is offered for their instrument. A Teacher’s signature required during enrollment period.

Find your School Participation form here.

Camerata Strings Auditioning Student Musician Info

Camerata Strings Gallery



RSYOP: Sinfonietta Strings

Start Date: September 14, 2021


RSYOP: Camerata Strings

Start Date: September 13, 2021


RSYOP: Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO)

Start Date: August 24, 2021


RSYOP: Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO)

Start Date: September 13, 2021

 Join the 2022-2023 youth orchestra program! Auditions begin May 16th.   Learn More >

Audition for the 2022-2023 Youth Orchestra Program!

CLICK BELOW for audition information and to sign up for an audition time.