RSYO Symphonic Orchestra
The main ensemble consists of approximately 60 advanced young musicians, and performs standard symphonic repertoire. The orchestra has one concert per semester, with occasionally a repeat performance in collaboration with other ensembles. RSYO rehearses weekly on Sunday afternoons for twelve weeks per semester. The RSYO experience includes sectionals coached by RSO musicians, masterclasses with guest soloists, performances with student concerto competition winners and side-by-side performances with RSO musicians.
Honors Chamber Orchestra
A select group of the RSYO’s most advanced students, membership is available only to current Full Orchestra members, and only by special invitation of the conductor. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses weekly and performs more challenging repertoire.
Think orchestra is just for strings? Think again! All brass players of the RSYO are automatically members of the Brass Choir, which rehearses separately from the full orchestra. Under the direction of Vicki Hastings.
Sterling String Quartet
Four exceptional string players are chosen each year to form the Sterling String Quartet. The Quartet receives separate coaching and performs as a representative of the RSYO at various venues throughout the Rockford area, including in the lobby of the Coronado Theater before RSO concerts. Members of the Quartet receive scholarships.
The Sterling String Quartet is named in honor of Bill and Marian Sterling whose gift to the RSO includes an annual contribution to fund coaching for the Quartet.
Chamber Music Program
New in the 18/19 Season, RSYO musicians have the opportunity to sign up to join a Chamber Ensemble. These ensembles will vary depending on registration. Ensembles will work with a professional coach and will perform throughout the season at RSO events and other opportunities.