Roanoke Youth Symphony
String Ensemble & Chamber Ensemble

Education that Entertains!

For more information, please contact our Education Director at 540.343.6221 ext. 231 or email

The String Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble is under the direction of Ms. Michelle Smith, is comprised of beginning-to-intermediate string players, ages 8-15,  who rehearse weekly on Tuesdays in Roanoke and perform concerts in public concerts throughout the year.  Formerly known as the Junior Strings, the String Ensemble was founded in 1985.  Many young string players, after achieving an appropriate level of skill, successfully audition to become members of the RYSO.  For many young string players, participation in these ensembles is the first and only opportunity to begin playing in an ensemble under the direction of an experienced conductor.

For more information about the String Ensemble and the Chamber Ensemble, please contact Education Director Sarah Wardle Jones by e-mail at or by phone at (540) 343-6221 x.231