RPYO Logo Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Providing enriching musical and educational experiences to highly capable and committed young musicians...

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) is a symphony orchestra comprised of young musicians in grades eight through twelve from schools throughout the greater Rochester area.

The RPYO is sponsored by the Education Department of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra whose musicians serve as mentors and coaches to the RPYO and join them in the annual Side-by-Side concert in Eastman Theatre.

The RPYO has a demanding schedule from September through May, including:

  • Weekly Sunday afternoon rehearsals
  • Three formal concerts in major Rochester concert halls
  • September Retreat weekend
  • Community outreach events
  • Periodic Spring Tours
  • Fundraising activities


RPYO Alumni and Families: Following a distinguished tenure of twenty-one years as Music Director, David Harman retires from his RPYO position in May. We welcome remembrances of your RPYO experiences with Dr. Harman. Please email these and photos that you would like to share to rpyo@rpo.org.


Musical Friendships Concert Poster, Sunday, May 11, 2014

RPYO Audition Brochure 2014

RPYO Brochure 2013-2014

RPYO News of Note Summer 2013



  Photos by Royal Photography and Kyle Schwab

Upcoming Concert Sunday, May 11!

Musical Friendships Concert Poster, Sunday, May 11, 2014
 2003 RPYO, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
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