Alexandria Symphony appoints new director for Sympatico program


Meredith Riley, ASO Sympatico’s new Director of Education (Photo courtesy of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Sympatico, the award-winning music education program of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, serves elementary school students Patrick Henry and John Adams. When the program returns to face-to-face teaching this fall, it will have a new Director of Education. Meredith Riley, who has experience as a musician and teacher, was recently appointed to the post.

“After all the screen time and the complete lack of social engagement and live performances, our community needs live music now! Riley said. “I will actively seek performance and collaboration opportunities to showcase this important and unique program that deserves so much recognition and support from the community. “

She plans to strengthen Sympatico’s connection to her El Sistema roots and actively seek performance and collaboration opportunities to showcase this unique program. It is expected to reach 180 students this school year.

For 15 years, Riley worked with the Sphinx Organization, dedicated to the development of young black and Latino classical musicians. In addition, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, the Wintergreen Music Festival, Collective 9, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Riley is Assistant Professor of Violin at Commonwealth University of Virginia.

“Meredith’s musicality and gift for working with young people will help us take ASO Sympatico at the top level, ”said ASO Executive Director George Hanson. “Children will be able to see her perform on stage as a member of ASO, deepening the opportunity for musical connection.”

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