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


Event Information:

  • Sun

    Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra Celebrates A Century of Parks: Music of Nature and Myth

    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    In partnership with the NC State College of Natural Resources and the NC State Sustainability Fund, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra will present a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of both National and North Carolina parks. The concert will explore music depicting nature and myth, including Debussy’s Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune, Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Fair Melusine, Virgil Thomson’s music for the film The Plow That Broke The Plains and the World Premiere of two time Grammy-winner Jeff Peterson’s Concerto for Slack Key Guitar, inspired by the natural beauty of Maui and Haleakala National Park.

    Related on-campus events (presented with the College of Natural Resources) will include a seminar by the Director of the National Park Service, a seminar by the Director of the NC State Park System, a sidewalk art festival (in collaboration with the College of Design) and a visit by the nation’s leading John Muir interpreter.

    • Mendelssohn - Overture to The Fair Melusine
    • Debussy - Prelude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune
    • Virgil Thomson - Plow That Broke the Plains
    • Jeff Peterson - Concerto for Slack-Key Guitar (World Premiere)


    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free. Available for purchase at the door or in advance through Ticket Central 919-515-1100.
    Map to Talley Student Union: http://maps.ncsu.edu/#/buildings/tsu

'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