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Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Performs Spring Concert

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Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Performs Spring Concert
Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre
Sunday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m.

April 8, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia: Concerts presented by the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program (YOP) highlight some of the region’s top young musicians. Students from grades 2 to 12 make up four ensembles, ranging from beginner to advanced. These FREE educational concerts are great for music-lovers of all ages.

We invite you to join us for the YOP spring concert on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. The program features Youth Concert Orchestra led by Amy Birdsong, Camerata Strings led by Rebecca Jilcott and String Sinfonietta led by Christie-Jo Adams. The performance will feature 184 student musicians and will recognize the graduating seniors. Admission is free with no ticket required.

History of Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program

The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program was created in the spring of 1962 and is the oldest youth orchestra in Virginia. Leaders of the newly formed Richmond Symphony partnered with Richmond Public Schools to offer music students the opportunity to participate in a full orchestra experience and provide an exemplary orchestral experience for young musicians.

The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program (YOP) provides quality musical opportunities for student musicians. More than 260 school-aged musicians within a 100-mile radius of Richmond rehearse weekly with one of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program’s four ensembles. YOP is recognized as central Virginia’s premier orchestral training program and is in the forefront of the local arts community with a busy concert schedule that includes fall, winter and spring concerts for all of its ensembles.

The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program is committed to training young musicians, nurturing future performers and developing new audiences. We encourage and welcome everyone, whether a first-time listener or a seasoned concert-goer, to experience the magic of our talented young musicians performing together. YOP alumni can be found in major orchestras around the world including the Richmond Symphony!  Many of our alumni become professional musicians, many become music teachers, while others pursue careers unrelated to the arts and aspire to major leadership roles in their communities.

About the Richmond Symphony

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.