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.


Christopher James Lees serves as the Resident Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony and 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 Orchestra Conductor Chair is made possible by a generous gift from the Symphony Guild of Charlotte.


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.


2018-19 Masterclass Schedule
2018-19 CSYP Schedule
2018-19 CSYO Schedule

For additional questions, please contact Emily Cramton, Manager of Youth Orchestra Programs
704-714-5131 |