Blake Richardson

Welcome from Dr. Blake Richardson

The ASYO is an ensemble committed to performing music at the highest level. It consists of the very best young musicians from around the state of Alabama who come together each Sunday to share their talents, aspirations, and successes. In order to achieve our level of performance, each member commits to always bringing their best to rehearsals and performances, and we believe that each one of our members is capable of meeting these high expectations.

2017-2018 will be a season full of great symphonic works by legendary composers, and I’m excited to see our orchestra continue to grow as we become known statewide, regionally, and nationally as a great youth orchestra. Our season will include two full orchestra concerts, our yearly Holiday concert at the Galleria, our Side-By-Side concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and our yearly event in collaboration with the Greater Birmingham Music Educators Alliance.

In addition to playing iconic symphonic works, musicians in the ASYO will learn directly from the world-class musicians of the Alabama Symphony through ASO musician-led sectionals and our annual Side-by-Side concert with the Alabama Symphony. ASYO members also have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the youth orchestra through our annual concerto competition.

The ASYO is a challenging program that cultivates excellence, self-discipline, social skills, and leadership for students from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to meeting the needs of young musicians in Alabama through focused high-level orchestral study and believe that the experience students receive as members of our orchestra is an important compliment to the education they are receiving in school music programs.


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