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In its concert and educational programming, the Cayambis Sinfonietta seeks to fully and faithfully represent the richness and diversity of this hemisphere’s many classical music traditions, and in so doing, develop bonds of goodwill and unity among the peoples of the Americas.

After having initially fielded a nine-member ensemble in 2022, the Sinfonietta is expected to grow to its maximum size of 17 musicians in 2024, thereby expanding the size and scope of its repertoire to include many of the most significant orchestral works of the Americas from the late 19th century to the present day.

Nonetheless, as a particular priority the group has premiered and will continue to feature the new works of the Cayambis composers who are affiliated with our organization.


The Sinfonietta’s repertoire, unlike that of any other US-based performance ensemble, is an exciting journey through some of the best instrumental music that the American hemisphere has to offer. Across the many pieces that make up a typical concert program, the Sinfonietta demonstrates its remarkable versatility by performing a representative cross section of the western hemisphere’s most important styles over the past one hundred thirty-five years, such as the overture to Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes’ famous opera, Il Guarany.

At the same time, however, we are proud to highlight some of this country’s overlooked gems from the turn of the century, such as Victor Herbert’s 1901 work, Panamericana.

In short, your audience will not only enjoy a truly unique concert experience, but also, will gain a greater appreciation of the richness and diversity of our hemisphere’s classical music.

Would You Like to Know More?

For more information, please click on these links for the Sinfonietta’s technical requirements and fees, and, about our educational programming. Thinking about becoming a member of the Sinfonietta? Check out our guidelines on compensation, attire, and other relevant information.

In the meantime, check out our beautiful program booklet from our April 2023 Three-Community Tour.


John L. Walker
PO Box 10164
Blacksburg, VA 24062
[email protected]