Youth Orchestra Program

Youth Concert Orchestra

Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) is a full-orchestra experience (the first of its kind for many students in the group).

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

About Youth Concert Orchestra

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



Assistant Professor of Music Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) is a full-orchestra experience (the first of its kind for many students in the group). Players generally move into YCO with experience playing in other string orchestras or wind ensembles. Listening, blending, and making music within the full orchestra setting is a challenge met by all students in YCO. In this ensemble, principal players learn what it means to effectively lead a section and all players learn to play together with unity, passion, precision and musical excellence. Students refine musical skills by performing original masterworks, arrangements and pops favorites.

Interested in joining the Youth Concert Orchestra? Fill out the Inquiry Form

Audition Requirements: 

Violin | Viola Cello | Bass

Flute | Oboe (Updated 4/28)| Clarinet | Bassoon

Horn |TrumpetTrombone | Tuba Percussion

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.

Youth Concert Orchestra Inquiry Form

Youth Concert Orchestra Gallery

Ensembles

Ensembles

RSYOP: Sinfonietta Strings

Start Date: September 14, 2021

Ensembles

RSYOP: Camerata Strings

Start Date: September 13, 2021

Ensembles

RSYOP: Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO)

Start Date: August 24, 2021

Ensembles

RSYOP: Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO)

Start Date: September 13, 2021