Silvestri, Ryan


Ryan Silvestri is in his seventh year at Wando High School as director of orchestras. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Mr. Silvestri earned a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Florida State University and a master's degree in violin performance from UNC-Greensboro. He completed his string education studies with the late Dr. Michael Allen, co-author of the Essential Elements for Strings series, as well as Dr. Rebecca MacLeod. As a violinist Ryan has performed with the Charleston, Greensboro, and Tallahassee Symphonies and also served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Sinfonia Orchestra. Primary violin teachers include Marjorie Bagley, Corinne Stillwell, Eliot Chapo, and John Wilcox. 


Professional associations include NAFME and ASTA. Mr. Silvestri has been published in the American String Teacher - a national string journal put out by the American String Teacher's Association. Under his direction, the Wando Orchestras have doubled in size and consistently received Superior ratings at SCMEA Concert Festival. Ryan lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife who is also a music educator, and two children. He looks forward to another great year with the Wando Orchestras as they constantly strive for even higher levels of success!



Contact Information

 Phone:  843-881-8256
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 Office Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri - 8:00-8:20 and by appointment
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Courses Taught

Concert Orchestra

This course is designed for students who have participated in orchestra in middle school or the previous year in high school. Stu-dents continue a sequential development of skills necessary to be come proficient on a musical instrument. Students will perform music commensurate with grade level. Students will learn orchestral repertoire and will develop an understanding of the concepts of music and the cultural heritage of the music studied. Emphasis is will be placed on the development of good tone, accurate pitch, growth in music reading and understanding of a wide variety of music.

Chamber Orchestra

This course is designed for advanced students who have passed an audition and have demonstrated advanced technical skills. The course is organized so that students will learn music at the advanced high school level. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of music and the cultural heritage of the music studied as well as music theory skills.

Honors Orchestra

The Honors Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of the Wando Orchestra program. Membership is by audition only. The focus of the Honors Orchestra is performing professional level repertoire at a high artistic and technical level. The Honors Orchestra also participates in recruiting activities for the orchestra program,
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