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

The RPYO is pleased to welcome as its 4th Music Director since 1970
Ithaca College School of Music

Dr. Mick is a passionate music educator, experienced orchestra conductor, and active double bass performer. Under his inspirational leadership, the RPYO will continue to provide our region's committed young musicians with excellent, educationally rich, and personally rewarding musical experiences.



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