Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras provide professional-level musical training to students of all backgrounds across the region. Both the flagship ensemble, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the training orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Philharmonic, rehearse weekly. Members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra mentor all students through sectional rehearsals. This program teaches both individual instrumental proficiency and community building through active listening. Performance opportunities for these orchestra, now nearly 60 years old, abound both locally and nationally.


  • As of Wednesday, June 6, audition results have been emailed to everyone who auditioned for the 2018-19 Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras this spring. 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.
  • The deadline to accept a position is Friday, June 15.
  • All waitlisted students will be notified by Monday, July 2.
  • We are now accepting applications for our Fall Auditions, taking place August 21 and 22 at Northwest School of the Arts. These auditions will count towards acceptance in the CSYO and CSYP for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Please click here for audition requirements and to register.


We are holding an open house for parents and students on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.mThis is a great opportunity for parents, current and prospective students to gain more information about our Youth Orchestras program, meet conductor Christopher James Lees, and ask questions. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Northwest School of the Arts. We are excited to partner with Northwest as the weekly rehearsal location for the Youth Orchestras and for hosting several of our concerts in theri new auditorium in 2018-19. Please click here to RSVP for the event.

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


2018-19 CSYP Schedule
2018-19 CSYO Schedule

For additional questions about CSYO, please contact Chris Stonnell, Director of Education, at 704-714-5110.