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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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Christopher Cinquini, RSYO Conductor

Christopher Cinquini, RSYO ConductorChristopher Cinquini is currently the Director of Orchestras and music department leader at Boyertown Area Senior High School – a community that has regularly been named to the National Association of Music Merchant’s national list of “Best Communities for Music Education”.

Cinquini has performed regularly with the Berks Opera Company in Reading since 2011, both as a violinist and associate conductor. In 2015, he was named Principal Conductor and he conducted the acclaimed production of Gounod's Faust that was selected for the Reading Eagle's "2015 Newsmaker of the Year" award.

After a competitive search in early 2016, Cinquini was named the newest conductor of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra for their 28th season. The orchestra, an auditioned group of students in grades nine through twelve, is made up of students from Berks, Lancaster, Chester, and Montgomery counties, and has performed regularly throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to multiple performance tours through Europe.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Cinquini received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Music Performance in Orchestral Conducting from West Chester University. Having studied violin under Adrianna Park, Sylvia Ahramjian, and Max Zorin, he has toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and performed with the Berks Sinfonietta, Chester County Pops Orchestra, and across Europe with multiple festival orchestras.

In the Northeast United States, he has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. While at Boyertown, he has conducted performance tours abroad in Czech Republic and Austria, as well as to Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City.

Cinquini is an active member of the Music Educators Association of Berks County and has previously served as the Vice-President for Orchestras. He is a current member of Pennsylvania Music Educators of America and the National Association for Music Education and currently serves on the RSO Educational Outreach Committee.

Peter J. Brye, Music Director, Retired

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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