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Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra

Click here to watch videoThe Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra Board was established in the fall of 1986. Co-sponsored by the City of Renton, the RYSO offers an opportunity for students to participate in an organized music program. The mission of the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra is to provide a challenging musical experience for the youth of South King County. The non-profit organization was created to give talented young musicians opportunities to play in a full orchestra with a professional director. It was the intent of the organizers to offer the program close to home and to keep the cost low.

A prerequisite to becoming a member is that the student must also participate in a school music group. The RYSO hopes that through the orchestra experience, young musicians can improve their playing skills and gain an insight into the joy of participating in and listening to music. The RYSO is pleased to see some of these young people go on to further musical studies and performing groups, with hopes that they will be involved in music throughout their lives.

Director’s Biography

Alexei Girsh is the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Director. Maestro Girsh, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, has had an international career working with youth and radio-television symphony orchestras. He has a degree in music from the Glinka Conservatory and a graduate conducting degree for symphony orchestra and opera from Mussorgsky Conservatory.

Girsh aspires to continue a chamber music group for musicians who want to play solos, duets, trios or quartet music. In addition, Girsh is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Concert Opera of Seattle and the Music Director of the Eastside Symphony.


Rehearsals are held during the school year on Monday evenings at Carco Theatre, 1717 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton.


The orchestra performs concerts in May and December. All concerts are held at Carco Theatre. For ticket information, call 425-430-6700.


Auditions are held at Carco Theatre in January and September. To be eligible, students must be in grades seven through 12 and use their orchestra instrument as a participating member of their school's musical ensemble.

Board of Directors

  • Renee Dawson, President
  • Irma Englis, Treasurer
  • Edith Steed, Secretary
  • Cynthia Burns, Member at Large
  • Diana Hagen, Member at Large
  • Jentra Smith, Member at Large
  • Alexei Girsh, Conductor

Registration Information

For more information, call the Renton Community Center at 425-430-6700.