Thanks to the support of numerous businesses, individuals, and government agencies we maintain low tuition costs which allows students from all over the Rappahannock region to participate in our music education programs. These donations provide young dedicated musicians opportunities to develop to their fullest potential as musicians and performers. The Rappahannock Youth Symphony is dedicated to nurturing young talent and enriching the community through the performance of music.

Thank you to those who support us in our mission, RYS was founded in 1996 by Mrs. Deborah Tripp as a 501(c) 3 organization, with the idea of offering an additional challenge to the more advanced player. The orchestras were founded as a supplement to the school programs and served to raise the standard of playing in public, private, and home schools. Since 1996 the we has given opportunities to young people from the ages of 8-18 to excel in the performance of community concerts. The young people become members who enjoy both the educational and social benefits that RYS extends to them. These members especially enjoy meeting other young people with similar interests and talents.