The Charleston Symphony has named RYAN SILVESTRI as the conductor for its new education program, Charleston Symphony Youth Strings (CSYS), which will launch in September 2019. CSYS will serve as a bridge to the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), designed to help younger string musicians sharpen their ensemble skills and prepare for the demands of playing in a full symphony orchestra. CSYS is open to string-instrument students in grades 5 to 9 who have a good understanding of basic techniques and the ability to read music. Silvestri is in his seventh year as director of orchestras at Wando High School in the Charleston School District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in violin performance from UNC-Greensboro. As a violinist, Silvestri has performed with the Charleston, Greensboro, and Tallahassee symphonies and served as concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Sinfonia Orchestra.

Posted May 10, 2019