Symphony Days Concert at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
Symphony Days School Visit – Jess Harben Elementary
Symphony Days School Visit - Northrich Elementary
Symphony Days – Beethoven
Symphony Days – Mozart
Symphony Days – Tchaikovsky
For over 40 years, the RSO Symphony Days program introduces approximately 4,500 elementary students to the world of classical music each year. The RSO Symphony Days program is designed to assist music educators by introducing classical music, orchestral instruments and professional musicians to their students.The first stage consists of music teachers incorporating a unit on the orchestra into their curriculum each September. The second stage takes place over a three-week period in October as RSO musicians visit music classrooms to provide students the opportunity to become acquainted with their instruments through sight, sound, brief performances, questions and answers. The third stage is the culmination of the program, in which students attend one of three concerts at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.
While music educators expose students to the various instruments through photographs and recordings, the only instrument that is found in many elementary school music rooms is a piano. Music educators are not able to provide the experience of seeing, hearing, and touching the actual musical instruments. This exposure to the instruments brings classical music to life, building interest with the students. Many of these students have never attended a classical music concert, and Symphony Days provides their first glimpse at a live symphonic performance. This concert is designed to showcase the development of orchestral music from the chamber music of Bach to a full orchestra of the present. The program includes J.S. Bach’s “Air,” Mozart’s Overture to “Marriage of Figaro,” Beethoven’s finale from “Symphony #5 in C minor,” Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker,” a selection from Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” John William’s “Theme from Star Wars,” and other selections. Our conductor wears various wigs, hats and props as he “becomes” each composer – adding an element of fun and visual cues to help the students differentiate each segment of the performance.
This extension of what is offered in the music classroom greatly enhances the connection to music and affords the students with an experience that greatly enriches their Fine Arts education. It also helps to lay the foundation for the students as they prepare to select a musical instrument in fifth grade (prior to attending middle school, where it is required for them to participate in orchestra, band or choir.) The Symphony Days program also introduces the students to professional musicians, providing the opportunity to consider music as a career.
Ann & Charles Eisemann International
Young Artists Competition
The Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition for Piano and Strings
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and will perform with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra on March 5, 2022.
Competitions for strings and piano are held on alternating years. The January 29, 2022 competition will be for strings.
The 2022 competition will be judged by Norman Fischer, Professor of Violoncello, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
and Chloé Kiffer, Professor of Violin, Manhattan School of Music
Applications are due by November 19, 2021. Click here for application: RSO 2022 Young Artists Competition Information + Application
Winners of the 2021 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition held on January 9, 2021
Left to Right: Charles Eisemann; 1st place, Solomon Ge (student of Yoshikazu Nagai); 2nd place, Angie Zhang (University of Michigan); Ann Eisemann; 3rd place, Matthew Figel (Eastman School of Music)
Not Pictured: Honorable Mention, Jacob Nydegger (University of North Texas); Judge Joyce Yang (Silver Medalist of the 12th Van Cliburn Competition); Judge Jon Nakamatsu (Gold Medalist of the 10th van Cliburn Competition)
Solomon Ge will perform a piano concerto with the RSO at our March 6, 2021 concert.
Winners of the 2020 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition held on January 11, 2020
Back Row: Judge Bion Tsang (University of Texas at Austin); 1st place, Katherine Audas (Rice University, Shepherd School of Music); 3rd place, Maya Kilburn (High School); 2nd place, Magdiell Antequera (University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Judge Phil Lewis (University of North Texas College of Music and Chamber Music International Artistic Director)
Front Row: Charles and Ann Eisemann.
Katherine Audas will perform a cello concerto with the RSO at our March 7, 2020 concert.
Winners of the 2019 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Honorable Mention awards were given to: Josephine Chiu (Southern Methodist University); Wenqiao Jiang (Manhattan School of Music); Dominic Muzzi (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music).
Simon Karakulidi will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 with the RSO at the March 2, 2019 concert.
Winners of the 2018 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
1st place, Aaron Olguin (University of North Texas.) Back row: RSO Music Director / Conductor, Clay Couturiaux; Judge Anthony Elliott (University of Michigan); Judge William Fedkenheuer (Miro Quartet, University of Texas at Austin.)
Aaron Olguin performed the Andres Martin’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra with the RSO at the March 3, 2018 concert.
Winners of the 2017 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Winners of the 2016 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Eleanor performed with the RSO at the March 5, 2016 Concert.
Winners of the 2015 Lennox International Young Artists Competition
Ning performed with the RSO at the March 7, 2015 concert.
Winners of the 2014 Lennox International Young Artists Competition
Santiago performed with the RSO at the March 8, 2014 concert.
Winners of the 2013 Lennox International Young Artists Competition
Left to right: Front row: Grace Zhang, second place winner, Grand Prize Winner Xuesha Hu, third place winner Min Ji Lee. Back row: Competition judge Robert Weirich of the UMKC Conservatory of Music, Richardson Symphony music director and conductor Clay Couturiaux and competition judge Robert Shannon of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.