Raleigh Civic Symphony & Chamber Orchestra

Based at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the non-profit organization Raleigh Civic Symphony Association (RCSA), the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra are amateur orchestras comprised almost equally of volunteer community musicians and college students. The orchestras are unique in their ongoing commitment to perform contemporary and traditional classical music presented in a thematic context, connecting orchestral repertoire to larger ideas in creative ways.

The Raleigh Civic Symphony

The Raleigh Civic Symphony is a 75-member full symphony orchestra performing two concerts yearly. Area professionals serve as principal strings and section coaches, providing high-level instruction and leadership to community and student players.

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 2000, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra explores repertoire for a smaller orchestral force. The Chamber has the same high artistic standards as the Symphony, performs two programs yearly, and uses professional leaders as coaches for the ensemble.

Our Conductor

Dr. Peter Askim

Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition.

Visit his website www.peteraskim.com


  • Sun
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State University
    3:00 pm Sustainability Showcase
    4:00 pm Concert
    Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
    Donald Reid Womack: Blue Ridge Seasons: A Bluegrass Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (World Premiere)
    With Special Guest Artist, Ralph Farris (ETHEL)
    The concert will be followed by a Panel Discussion featuring:
    Donald Reid Womack, Composer
    Ralph Farris, Soloist
    Paul Schiminger, Executive Director, International Bluegrass Music Association
    Carolyn Ward, CEO, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
    J.D. Lee, Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent


    This program is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org
  • Sun
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State University
    Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Franz Lehár, Johann Strauss, Jr.,
    and Featuring the World Premiere of Death Leaves a Cluttered City by Paul Wiancko and Special Guest Artist Kathryn Mueller, Soprano


    This program is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.
'Bright lights on the music scene in Raleigh.'
- Spectator,
'Askim has a fine podium manner, devoid of histrionics: he clearly knows what he is seeking, musically, and how to obtain it from his players.'
- John W. Lambert,
'... this energetic young conductor and the committed musicians are all set to carry on in the first-rate tradition set by their honored predecessors'
- Paul D. Williams,


Price Music Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC