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.


Recent concerts have included: “Be Kind, Rewind…” featuring works by Clyne, Copland, and Dvorak; and “Dance, Dance…Revolution!” featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek, Glass, Sibelius, and Strauss, Jr.

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.


Recent concert have included: “London, Argentina, Infinity… and Beyond!” featuring works by Hayden, Jalbert, and Ginastera; and “Once Upon a Time: Legends, Fairy Tales, and Fantasies” featuring works by Dvorak, Askim, and Ravel.

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 newly appointed 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 and follow him on Twitter @PeterAskim


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    16:00:00Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State University
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    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's death, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra of NC State University will perform a program of music by African American composers. The concert will feature the World Premiere of Sinfonietta of Dreams, a newly commissioned composition by composer Jeff Scott. The music will be based on the "Dream" speech MLK gave in Rocky Mount prior to his well-known Washington speech, and will feature gospel choir, orchestra and actual recordings from the speech. NCSU faculty member Dr. Jason Miller will speak about the story behind Dr. King’s NC speech and its legacy. A post-concert discussion will complement the music.

    The concert will be part of a series of collaborative events focused on Dr. King’s legacy on the NCSU campus and beyond. Presented in collaboration with the NC State African American Cultural Center and NC State Live.

    William Grant Still: Mother and Child
    Lindi Wang, violin soloist
    Florence Price: Andante from Ethiopia’s Shadow In America
    Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphony Op. 11, #2
    Jeff Scott: Sinfonietta of Dreams (World Premiere)

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    16:00:00Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State University
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    The Raleigh Civic Symphony celebrates the music of North Carolina composers in the program of music written by composers connected to North Carolina. The concert will include Cripple Creek and Mountain Song by Lamar Stringfield, the founder of the NC Symphony, as well as the World Premiere of a new work by Duke University composer Scott Lee. The concert will conclude with Karel Husa’s Music For Prague 1968, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the suppression of the Prague Spring rebellion.

    Lamar Stringfield: Mountain Song and Cripple Creek
    Scott Lee: Deep Sleep (World Premiere)
    Karel Husa: Music for Prague 1968

'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,



Your tax-deductible contributions to the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association help support the orchestra programs and their educational mission through music purchase and rental, compensation for coaches and guest artists, marketing, and administrative support.

Contributions from individuals and business are welcomed. If you would like to make a donation to the RSCA in support of the orchestras, you can send a check, or donate through PayPal.

Checks can be made payable to: RCSA

Mail to:
Box 7311, NCSU – Music
Raleigh, NC 27695

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The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County with funds from the Grassroots Arts Council, a state agency, Wake County and the United Arts Campaign.

This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission.



Price Music Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC