Roanoke Youth Symphony

Roanoke Youth Symphony (RYS)

The RYS is an educational offering of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and consists of three ensembles: the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Youth Symphony String Ensemble / Chamber Ensemble, and the Roanoke Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble. Ensemble participants draw from 10 school districts across Southwest Virginia and West Virginia, four private schools, and approximately 20% of participants are homeschooled.

RYS Orchestra
RYS String Ensemble & Chamber Ensemble
RYS Flute Ensemble
The Summer Music Institute

Discovery Concerts

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Discovery Concerts are educational, symphony orchestra concerts performed by the young artists of Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Discovery Concerts provide local students the opportunity to attend a live symphony performance in a concert hall setting.  Discovery Concerts are crafted to align across the curriculum with Virginia Standards of Learning in grades 3-5, but all elementary students and music students in grades 6-12 are recommended to attend.  A detailed lesson guide is provided prior to the concert to assist teachers in the preparation and follow-up.

RSO Discovery Concert -- Orchestras Are Everywhere -- Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Berglund Performing Arts Theare (Roanoke Civic Center). Orchestras are everywhere!  Join us to discover all the (sometimes surprising!) places you can find the music of a symphony orchestra. Hear the RYSO and special guests perform music by Mussorgsky, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more! To register:

1) Choose between two performance times:
• First performance: 10:00 a.m.
• Second performance: 12:00-noon

2) Complete and submit the online registration form. Registration is open until capacity is filled. Seats are assigned to each group on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Questions? Please contact:
Fax: (540) 343-6221 ex. 231

Admission is $5.00 per student. Groups will receive one complimentary adult ticket for every 10 students.

For teachers: Discovery Concert Lesson Guide
Read the Discovery Study Guide (PDF).

In-School Ensembles

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's In-School Ensembles are a great way to enhance students' learning experience. These programs provide students with the opportunity to observe and interact with professional musicians in a school setting. The programs are fun, full of information, and cover a variety of topics within various disciplines. Through careful and creative planning, each Ensemble program supports material required in all subject areas as outlined by the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Kim & Jimbo Cary
Rhythms 'Round Virginia
Rhythms 'Round the World

Robert Jospé & Inner Rhythm
World Beat Workshop

Roanoke Chamber Brass
America's Got Music
Heart of Brass

Virginia Virtuosi
Rhythm Around the World
Animal Rescue
Who's On First Bass?

The Wright Kids
The Wright Kids Wrock

Mini-Residencies, Master Classes, and Visits from the Maestro

Read more details about each In-School program.

Scheduling an Ensemble, Residency, Master Class or Visit:
Please contact RSO Education Director, Sarah Wardle Jones at at 540.343.6221, ext. 231 or Please provide the following information: your name, school name, telephone number, preferred date(s) and time(s), approximate number of students in the audience, and the name of the ensemble above that interests you. You will be provided more details about booking the ensemble and specific availabilities.

To reserve an ensemble, fill out this Resrvation Form and return it to