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Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra

Since 1989, the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO) has been serving the community as part of the mission of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Hundreds of young musicians from the region have gained the experience of performing classical orchestral music of the highest caliber. The orchestra is a project of the Education Committee of the Reading Symphony Board of Directors. Peter Brye serves as conductor.

The RSYO performs a Holiday and Spring concert, and appears with the Reading Symphony on a Classical Subscription Concert.

The Parents and Patrons of the Youth Orchestra (PPYO), the RSYO parent association support group, have hosted music festivals for select symphonic youth groups and offer support to the program.

Beyond central Pennsylvania, the RSYO has traveled and performed in youth musical group festivals, Virginia Beach, Boston, and Toronto, Canada. The RSYO was honored to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) annual meeting in 2000 in Pittsburgh, PA.

In June, 2001, the RSYO embarked on their first trip abroad, to the United Kingdom, performing four concerts in their ten day tour. In 2003 the group toured French Canada. In 2004, they returned to Europe touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Prague. The orchestra had a successful tour to Italy in 2007 accompanied by RSO Concertmaster Christopher Collins Lee. They recently returned from a successful tour to Prague, Vienna and Budapest, again accompanied by Mr. Lee.

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Peter J. Brye, Music Director

Peter Brye currently serves as the Conductor and Music Director of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, a position he has held since the inception of the orchestra in 1989. The RSYO enjoys a reputation as one of the leading youth orchestras in Pennsylvania and has toured extensively, including performances in Boston, Toronto, a 2001 tour of the United Kingdom, and a 2003 tour of French Canada. The RSYO has had four tours of Europe since 2004 with performances in Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, Asiago (Italy), Montecatini Terme (Italy), and Florence. The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra was also invited to perform at the 2000 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.

Mr. Brye continues to be in high demand as a festival conductor and has appeared frequently throughout the northeast. He has conducted the all-state orchestra festivals for Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey in addition to numerous festivals at the county, district and regional levels including appearances in Boston and New York State. Mr. Brye appears as a ‘cello recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician and has been a member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra since 1976 where he has served on occasion as assistant conductor. He is presently on the conducting staff and is the assistant principal ‘cellist with the RSO.


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