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About the RPYO

Since 1970, the RPYO has offered our community’s most advanced young musicians orchestral experiences of the highest order.

Sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Education Department, RPYO serves about 100 students in grades 8-12. It motivates its student musicians to achieve excellence in performance and a life-long love of music as music professionals or dedicated amateurs and friends of music. Weekly rehearsals, coaching by RPO musicians, an annual Side-by-Side Concert with the RPO, concerts in Rochester’s major performance halls, and periodic trips or other special activities provide musically rich, personally rewarding, and uniquely maturing experiences.