How RYS benefits the community
  • Brings high quality performances to diverse audiences throughout the greater Fredericksburg region
  • Offers all young musicians the opportunity to participate regardless of financial status
  • Provides community with well trained musicians and music teachers
  • Maintains status of only non-profit orchestral program in the area that focuses exclusively on elementary, middle and high school aged students
  • Supplements and enriches public, private and home school music education programs
  • Provides access to string education for students in schools with limited programs
  • Attracts families to the availability of a local youth symphony program
How RYS benefits young musicians
  • Improves instrumental sight-reading and performance skills
  • Develops discipline through committing to home practice and attending regular rehearsals
  • Creates an atmosphere of professionalism in which to grow musically
  • Exposes students to high-level cultural experiences and resources
  • Fosters cooperation and community spirit through music
  • Provides a safe environment for self-expression, the development of social skills and self-confidence