Plan now to join us for our 15th season! The Rappahannock Youth Symphony has opportunities for young dedicated musicians from the beginning to advanced levels. RYS rehearsals are Monday nights at Battlefield Middle School:

11120 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg 22407

There is a $10 non-refundable audition fee for new students, which will be applied to tuition upon a successful audition. Tuition for the 2013-14 Season is $300. To ensure that participation is accessible to all students regardless of ability to pay, the RYS offers several tuition assistance programs.

To schedule your audition,
Sign up for an audition time on Saturday, June 8th by clicking the link below:


or please send an email to: or call 540-440-1468.

Audition Requirements

Primo Orchestra (Beginner & Intermediate Strings Only)

The Primo Orchestra is a beginner level string orchestra open to students who have played for 1-2 years.

Each student should be prepared to play scales, a selection of their choice (either from a book or school music), and basic sight reading. Students should have mastery in the following basic areas:


Fundamental Requirements

Notation Knowledge

Repertory Orchestra (Advanced Intermediate Strings Only)

The Repertory Orchestra is an intermediate level string ensemble for students who have played for at least 2 years. It is designed to improve technical skills and ensemble playing.

Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass

Symphony Orchestra (Advanced Full Orchestra)

The Symphony Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra for experienced strings, winds, brass, and percussion.


The Brass Ensemble is a new intermediate group, advanced 8th graders-12th grade, made possible by a grant from the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Fund, and will be dedicated to exploring brass ensemble and chamber literature, and preparing brass players for orchestral section playing.