Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program (RSYOP)

The Richmond Symphony’s flagship educational program, founded in 1962, consists of four youth orchestras and a wind ensemble providing beginning to advanced musical training. As the premier orchestral training program of central Virginia, students participate in weekly rehearsals, coaching and masterclasses by Richmond Symphony musicians, chamber music performances, mentoring and other musical and social activities. The Youth Orchestra Program is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp and percussion students in elementary through high school.

YOP is able to support student participation by supplying carpool lists each season, offering financial assistance and providing large or uncommon instruments when needed.


We will host two open house dates during March for interested students. Click HERE to sign up.

March 24, 2020 | YOP Open House | Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby St. Richmond, VA 23223

  • 4:45 – 6:30pm: Camerata Strings (intermediate-level string ensemble)
  • 4:45 – 6:30pm: Wind Ensemble (intermediate-level winds, brass and percussion ensemble. No Audition.)
  • 4:45 – 6:45pm: Youth Concert Orchestra (intermediate-level full orchestra)

March 31, 2020 | String Sinfonietta Open House | Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby St. Richmond, VA 23223

  • 4:45 – 6:15pm: String Sinfonietta (entry-level strings ensemble. No Audition.)

March 31, 2020 | Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Open House | Dominion Energy Center
612 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23219

  • 4:45 – 7:00pm:  Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (advanced-level full orchestra)



2020-21 audition excerpts are now posted on our Audition Requirements page.

Camerata Strings Audition Sign-up
Youth Concert Orchestra Audition Sign-up
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Audition Sign-up

  • May 19, 2020
  • May 26, 2020
  • June 2, 2020



2019-20 YOP Performances
All YOP performances are free, open to the public, and held in the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center.**

Youth Orchestra Program
Spring Concert
Sunday, May 3 @ 4pm

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Spring Concert/ Menuhin Performance**
Saturday, May 16 @ 7:30pm


**Please Note: Due to our involvement with Menuhin Competition, our RSYO Spring Performance will also be a ticketed Menuhin Competition Event. This event remains free to family and friends of Students participating in the YOP Program. In order to guarantee families the best seating available for RSYO’s Spring Concert/Menuhin Performance we ask that you either use a promo code that we will release, or to fill out a reservation form for this performance that lets us know the number of guests attending and your preferred seating location. Families that do not reserve seating are still guaranteed seats at this performance, however we cannot guarantee your preferred seating unless you reserve them ahead of time. We will be releasing that promo code and reservation form to YOP Families at the beginning of the season.

YOP Ensembles