Youth Orchestra Program

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO) offers a pre-college orchestra experience for the serious student musician.

2022-2023 Full Season Tuition: $670

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Rehearsal Dates

Tuesdays | 4:45pm - 7pm

Not sure which ensemble to visit?  Learn more about the ensembles here.  Or feel free to Email us at

About Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra

Advanced-Level Full Orchestra
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp
Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass

Daniel Myssyk, conductor
Assistant Conductor, Richmond Symphony

The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO) offers a pre-college orchestra experience for the serious student musician. Nearly all members of RSYO study with private instructors and all are leaders in their school programs. RSYO performs masterworks of the orchestral repertoire and, once each season, performs side-by-side with the Richmond Symphony. In RSYO, students hold themselves to a high level of discipline, preparation and musicianship.

Interested in joining the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra? Submit your Student Musician Info below.

YOP General FAQs

In the 2022/23 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.

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.

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Auditioning Student Musician Info

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Gallery



RSYOP: Sinfonietta Strings

Start Date: September 12, 2022


RSYOP: Camerata Strings

Start Date: September 12, 2022


RSYOP: Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO)

Start Date: August 27, 2022


RSYOP: Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO)

Start Date: September 12, 2022

Our first conducting seminar with Music Director Valentina Peleggi and an opportunity to conduct the Richmond Symphony in performance.   Learn More >

Five Day Immersive Masterclass - Auditors Still Being Accepted