The Redlands Youth Symphony (RYS) strives to provide the young musicians of the Inland Empire the foremost orchestral experience possible through intensive rehearsal, meaningful community activism, and enthralling performance. RYS students learn under the baton of an experienced educator and conductor and receive tutelage and guidance from professional musicians.
The program is designed to supplement the musical experience found in the area’s schools. Rehearsals and performances bridge musical, academic, and social subjects. Participating in RYS allows students to gain self-esteem, self-expression, discipline, and team building.
RYS prides itself in serving the most diverse demographics of youth while maintaining a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Membership in the Redlands Youth Symphony is a powerfully enriching experience which helps develop well-rounded students, elevate school resumés, and promotes life-long friendships with like-minded students.
RYS is offered to students ages 11-18. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands. Students are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up and warm up. Students should be picked up shortly after dismissal from the rehearsal.
Membership into RYS, as well as chair placement, is determined by live audition. To be eligible for an audition, the student must be a part of their school orchestra or band if one is available. Students that attend schools that do not have music programs, orchestra or band ensembles, or home-schooled students are welcome to audition.
$85 per semester. Installments are available upon request. No registration fee.
In efforts to maintain the highest levels of safety while still providing an engaging environment, we ask that all students remain masked while indoors. During rehearsal, woodwind and brass players may remove their masks to play. String players and percussionists should remain masked for the duration of the rehearsal. Students may remove their masks when outdoors on their break.
SCSBOA & SBCMEA Honor Orchestra Students:
String players who have participated in the Middle School or High School SCSBOA or SBCMEA Honor Orchestras of the previous school year are guaranteed acceptance into RYS. Students must still audition for chair placement. SCSBOA & SBCMEA Honor Band Students: Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion players who have participated in the Middle School or High School SCSBOA or SBCMEA Honor Bands of the previous school year are guaranteed acceptance into RYS depending on the needs of the ensemble. Students must still audition for chair placement.