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.
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.