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Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra

The Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra (RSJSO), formed in 1999, was founded with the purpose of providing a training group or 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 85 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 currently serves 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.

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