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Renaissance Music Academy


The Renaissance Music Academy Chamber Orchestra, founded in the spring of 2001 under the leadership of David Erlich, is comprised of young musicians from 10-18 years old. These student performers attend the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a non-profit community music school founded in 1993 by Teresa and David Erlich. After only two years of existence, the orchestra was invited to perform the inauguration of former Governor Mark Warner. The group was also chosen as the premiere orchestra to represent the southeastern United States in a national conference in Atlanta, sponsored by the National Guild of Community Music Schools of the Arts, an organization representing more than 300 community music schools throughout the country. In 2003, the orchestra was again invited to perform for one Governor Warner’s private events in the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

The students have also performed for the University of Kentucky String Program as a model orchestra for other schools. In 2004, they toured Ireland and performed in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. In April 2006, the RMA Chamber Orchestra and the Cork School of Music Sinfonietta toured southwest Virginia. They recorded their first CD in 2005.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/3/2018: The Renaissance Music Academy, the Hong Kong String Orchestra, the Yao Jue Music Academy, and Guests from Australia, Vancouver, and Beijing

The Renaissance Music Academy, the Hong Kong String Orchestra, the Yao Jue Music Academy,  and Guests, partner to present a multicultural concert. The program will feature music of European origin as well as Chinese and American music, performed by young talented string players from these organizations

Renaissance Music Academy