Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras experience brings together diverse young musicians for professional-level orchestral training with our area's leading conductors and musicians to foster a life-long love of music.This program teaches both individual instrumental proficiency and community building through active listening. Performance opportunities for these orchestras, now nearly 60 years old, abound both locally and nationally.


Completing his second season with the CSO, Christopher James Lees has 15 years of experience conducting secondary, university, and honors-level orchestras all across the country. In addition to his extensive professional work, he also has served on the college faculties of the University of Michigan, Kent State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras are composed of two groups--the flagship ensemble, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), and the training orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Philharmonic (CSYP). Membership in both is by audition. The CSYP engages primarily students in grades 4-9, and the CSYO, students in grades 8-12.


  • Sectional coaching is provided by Charlotte Symphony musicians, including but not limited to the Concertmaster and musicians holding principal, chaired positions.

  • Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will make regular visits to work with both orchestras.

  • CSYO musicians will have the opportunity to perform side-by-side with members of the CSO.

JUST ANNOUNCED! 2018-19 Masterclass Schedule


  • Audition results have been emailed to everyone who auditioned for the 2018-19 Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras. If you did not receive an email with your student's results, please first check your spam or junk mail folder. If the message is still not there, please contact us at and we will gladly resend the information.


2018-19 CSYP Schedule
2018-19 CSYO Schedule

Rehearsals for the 2018-19 season will take place at Northwest School of the Arts.

Northwest School of the Arts
1415 Beatties Ford Rd
Charlotte, NC 28216



For additional questions, please contact Aram Kim Bryan, Director of Youth Orchestra Programs
704-714-5135 |