The Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra (RSJSO), formed in 1999, was founded with the purpose of providing a training group for the RSYO. It gives young talented string students of Berks County and surrounding areas an opportunity to perform music with other outstanding string players. The RSJSO has received ratings of “superior” for the past years for their performances at the Music in the Park Festivals, Dorney Park, Allentown, Pa. Currently there are 63 members in grades four through eight chosen by audition.
Brian Mishler, RSJSO Conductor
A 2003 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University,
Mr. Mishler graduated with highest honors and a B.S. in
Music Education and a Cello Performance certificate,
while studying with Kim Cook. Mr. Mishler holds a M. M.
degree from Northwestern University, where he studied
with Paula Kosower, James Kjelland, Robert Hasty, Victor
Yampolsky, and Jon Pegis, with an emphasis in Cello
Performance and String Pedagogy. Mr. Mishler has also
studied with renowned cellist Yumi Kendall, of the
Philadelphia Orchestra. He is currently in his sixth
year of teaching, where he serves on the faculty as the
Director of Orchestral Studies at Exeter Senior High
School and teaches Music Theory. He has performed as
Assistant Principal Cellist of the Altoona Symphony,
with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Reading Pops
Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Schuylkill
Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the
Allegehenies, Reading Civic Theater, Altoona Community
Theater, and Dave Stahl Orchestra. He also enjoys
playing in a variety of chamber ensembles.