July 19-23 2021

July 18 6:30 Q&A and Masterclass with Ricardo Cyncynates
St. James' Episcopal Church, Leesburg, Virginia

Institute Dates: July 19-23

St. James' Episcopal Church, Leesburg, Virginia

Final Concert: July 23, 7pm

Smart's Mill Middle School, Leesburg, Virginia

The LSYO Orchestral Institute brings together world-class performers and young orchestral musicians from across northern Virginia for a week of orchestral music study and performance. Separated into two sections, Orchestral Program and Advanced Orchestral Program, musicians will work with professional conductors, coaches, and performers to hone their orchestra and ensemble skills.  

Sunday, July 18, 6:30 pm

Q & A and Masterclass


The institute opens with a conversation with Ricardo Cyncynates, assistant concertmaster for the National Symphony Orchestra.  How did Mr. Cyncynates decide to become a professional musician and what challenges did he face along the way?  What is it like to perform in the NSO?  Students are asked to bring their questions to direct this forum.
Immediately following the open forum, Mr. Cyncynates will present a masterclass with select violin students from the Advanced Institute. Students will be invited to perform based on their Summer Orchestral Institute video submission. Students will be notified at least a week prior to the masterclass if they are invited to perform.

The health and safety of all participants in the institute is paramount. Loudoun Safety follows all COVID protocols.  Anyone who enters the rehearsal space will have his/her temperature taken.  Masks must be worn at all times.  Students are asked to bring their own music stands to reduce potential exposure.

Orchestral Program
Ashley Driscoll, conductor


  • July 19-22, 9 am - 3 pm 

  • Friday, July 23, 9 am - 12 pm

  • Friday, July 23, Call time 6 pm

  • Friday, July 23, Concert 7 pm

Advanced Orchestral Program
Dr. Hayden Denesha, conductor

  • Monday - Thursday, July 19-22, 6 pm - 9 pm 

  • Friday, July 23, Call time 5:30 pm

  • Friday, July 23, Concert 7 pm