In compliance with the Governor of Virginia's most current mandate, we require that all students, parents/guardians, and Richmond Symphony staff wear a mask for the full duration of YOP rehearsals and events. We will continue to update our Covid-19 procedures according to the state, CDC, and VDH guidelines to best keep our students, families, and staff safe.

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Honors Program for RSYO Students

We are excited to share news of the Richmond Symphony School of Music's pilot Honors Program. RSYO students selected for inclusion in the 2021-22 RSSoM Honors Program will participate in a portfolio of activities, including chamber music and theory, designed to complement their RSYO experience at no additional cost. The Honors Program is entirely merit-based and does not supersede or replace the Richmond Symphony School of Music’s need-based financial assistance program: students may qualify for and participate in both. To apply for the Honors Program, please click here. The deadline to apply is August 27, 2021. For more information, or for any questions, please contact Marcey W. Leonard:

RSYO & YCO Cello Masterclass Opportunity

RSYO and YCO cellists are encouraged to complete this application form to participate in a masterclass with Sterling Elliott! Sterling is an incredibly talented cellist who also happens to be from Virginia. After winning the Richmond Symphony League Concerto Competition in 2014, Sterling went on to win first prize in the Senior Division of the 2019 Sphinx Competition. Now a student at Juilliard, Sterling has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Sterling will be an artist-in-residence with the Richmond Symphony in October, when he will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D. Please note: Completion of this form does not guarantee performance in the masterclass.

SS = String Sinfonietta     CS = Camerata Strings
YCO = Youth Concert Orchestra     RSYO = Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra

Ensembles Locations
DEC = Dominion Energy Center   RH = Rhythm Hall at DEC
CT = Carpenter Theatre    Gott = Gottwald Playhouse


Welcome to the Youth Orchestra Program (YOP)! Our Spring 2021 season kicks off with a mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, February 9 at 5:00pm. Check your email for more info and to access the Zoom link!

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