Junior String Orchestra


RSJSO Summer Academy information

RSJSO Audition Material (Auditions August 27, 2022)

Open House Spring 2022



Weekly emails (containing information about rehearsals, performances, volunteer committees, and snack/drink rotation, as well as any other pertinent information) will be sent to RSJSO parents.

RSJSO Parent Coordinators are Bill Kauffman and Laura Campling.

Please call 610-373-7557 if you have any questions.

General Information

Concert Dress: Boys should wear black dress pants & a jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes & black socks. It does not have to be a tux.  A black suit is fine. Girls should wear black floor length skirts or dress.  No spaghetti straps, strapless or slits up to the thigh.  Black pants are fine.

Festival: For the past several years we have participated in a music festival at Hershey Park.  In the past, the festival was held at a school near Hershey and then we went to Hershey Park for the day.  The awards ceremony was held at Hershey Park later in the day.  We plan to do another trip this year.  During this event, concert dress is worn for the performance and then the students change into their RSJSO t-shirts & shorts or jeans depending on the weather.  Everyone has a lot of fun & last year we had a lot of parents go to the amusement park too.  We got group rate tickets for the parents.  The student’s ticket to the park is included in the festival fee.  More to come.

Concert tickets: Tickets for the RSO concert are strictly handled through the RSO box office.  Closer to the Holiday concert date, tickets will be available for sale at rehearsal.  They are also available at the door.

Phone chain:  We will use this in the event of bad weather if we need to cancel a rehearsal or if there is a last minute location change.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals start promptly at 9:00 am.  Everyone should be tuned & in their seat by that time.  So please be there by 8:45 am to give yourself time to unpack your instrument, sign in, find your seat & tune.

Finally, A Word on Snacks:  Please remember the reason why we the students joined the orchestra…. for good snacks!  Please remember your day for snacks and drinks.  The students are disappointed when there are slim pickings.


The links listed below go to Google Maps.  To secure specific directions from your starting point, look at the balloon pointing to the location. Inside, you will see “Get directions” and a link “To here.” If you click on that link, a “Start address” box will appear. Type in your starting address and detailed directions will follow (If the box doesn’t appear, just click on the location symbol).

Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St, Shillington, PA

Reading High School, 801 N 13th St., Reading, PA 19604

Our Conductor

Brian Mishler – Conductor, Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra

A 2003 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Brian 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, and Dave Stahl Orchestra. He also enjoys playing in a variety of chamber ensembles.


Attendance at all rehearsals is expected with the following guidelines:

More than three absences a semester may result in dismissal from the orchestra.

Students are responsible to report an absence to the attendance page of the RSJSO website prior to 8 p.m. the previous evening if possible.

The success of this orchestra is based on the sincere and honest commitment of all members. Report all absences this link.

RSO Tickets

As a member of the RSYO or RSJSO, you are entitled to a ticket to each of the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s subscription concerts. More info here