Membership in the Austin Youth Camerata Orchestra is open to all interested students who qualify through the audition process. Students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in good standing in their school orchestra. Membership in the AYO program is contingent upon return of the membership acceptance form with the school orchestra director's signature verifying that the student is a member in good standing in the school orchestra program.
Rachel Ringeisen serves as lower school strings teacher at St. Andrews Episcopal School and previously served as orchestra director at Cedar Ridge High School in the Round Rock Independent School District. A violinist since age 5, she maintains a private violin/viola studio and is a regular clinician at Suzuki music festivals throughout central Texas. In addition to teaching, Ms. Ringeisen performs regularly in the Austin area and with the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ringeisen completed her Music and Human Learning degree (M.M) as a Sarah and Ernest Butler Excellence scholar, where she was the Preschool Coordinator for The University of Texas (UT) String Project and taught in a pilot string program at UT Elementary School. Additionally, Ms. Ringeisen developed an interdisciplinary curriculum in music and phonemic awareness as her master's thesis. She was chosen as the UT representative to attend the 2011 Global Music Camp in Ghana.
Ms. Ringeisen received a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance and pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory (Illinois), where she was Concertmaster of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Senior Class Representative, a Presidential Honors Award recipient, and a Memorial Merit Scholar. Ms. Ringeisen has studied the violin with Professors Sandy Yamamoto, Anne Akiko Meyers, Paul Zafer, Dr. Lee Joiner, and Elizabeth Suh-Lane. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Texas Music Educators Association.
The Camerata Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings of the fall and spring semesters, 6:00–7:00 P.M.