Mission Statement The mission of the RYS is to provide young dedicated musicians the opportunity to develop advanced ensemble and performance skills that will enable them to grow to their fullest potential as musicians and performers and in doing so enrich the community through the art of music performance.
Vision Statement It is our vision that the Rappahannock Youth Symphony will become a major regional youth orchestral organization that nurtures young talent and enriches the greater Fredericksburg community through the performance of orchestral literature.
Core Values The members of the RYS will model excellence in our interactions with students, families, the community and each other by exemplifying these core values: Education Professionalism Sensitivity Inclusiveness Respect Communication Passion
Our Board of Directors Thomas Holland, President James Kazik, Vice President John Welsh, Treasurer Annamarie Bollino, Secretary Allen Ammerman, Parliamentarian
Our Staff Megan Bevill, Executive Director Angela Ammerman, Primo Conductor Brent Idleman, Repertory Conductor Veronica Jackson, Symphony Conductor James Kazik, Wind Ensemble Conductor
Schools Represented (31) AG Wright Middle Battlefield Middle Brooke Point High Chancellor High Chancellor Middle Colonial Forge High Courtland High Dixon Smith Middle Floyd T. Binns Middle Fredericksburg Christian School Freedom Middle Gayle Middle HH Poole Middle Homeschools James Monroe High Louisa County High Massaponnax High Moncure Elementary Mountain View High Ni River Middle North Stafford High Riverbend High Rodney Thompson Middle Shirley Heim Middle South Stafford Christian School Spotsylvania High Spotsylvania Middle St. William of York Stafford High School Thornburg Middle UMW
Finances – Expenses FY 2012 Education and Programs$21,136 Concert Expenses$6,894 Office Rent$2,340 Advertising$1,531 Insurance, Licenses, Permits$1,150 General and Administrative$1,116 $34,168
Parents Concert and Potluck Battlefield Middle School October 22, 2012 Highlights: Performances by Primo, Repertory, Symphony and Wind Ensemble Potluck dinner and Chili Cook-off
Winter Concert December 9, 2012 Salem Fields Community Church Highlights Salvation Army Music School Brass Ensemble Performances by Primo, Repertory, Symphony and Wind Ensemble Dessert reception following the concert
Symphony and Tea Concert March 23, 2013 The Olde Silk Mill Highlights Catered by Caroline Street Catering Performances by Primo, Repertory, Symphony Silent Auction
Spring Concert March 12, 2013 Salem Fields Community Church Highlights Stafford High School Chamber Singers Mother’s Day cake reception Combined piece – “You Raise Me Up”
Accomplishments Collaborative Performances Salvation Army Music School Ensemble, UMW Philharmonic, Stafford High’s Chamber Singers Scholarships and Financial Aid Fundraisers Sold out concerts – March and May Community performances Stafford Junction and Friends of Chatham Grants Bedford Foundation - $10,000 for instruments and lessons Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund - $5,000 for Brass Ensemble
Testimonials from Parents What do you enjoy most about the RYS? “It gives my child the chance to play challenging music with a motivated group and inspiring conductor.” “The growth I see in my student, and the friendships that we formed.” “It is all about the versatility and opportunities in music found through the RYS.” “The challenging music and outstanding concerts.” “The education and experience of making music with different teachers and peers in a more structured /disciplined setting than the school offers.
Looking Ahead Concert Season Brass Ensemble 3 concerts – October, December, May New Symphony and Tea location Chamber music Community performances UMW partnership Collaboration with local organizations Master classes Painted Violin Project
Elections Executive Board President Vice President Treasurer Secretary