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 orchestra, now nearly 60 years old, abound both locally and nationally.
 

ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR

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.
 

ENSEMBLES

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.
 

ACCESS TO THE CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY

  • 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.

 

AUDITION UPDATE

  • 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 csyo@charlottesymphony.org and we will gladly resend the information.

  • The initial deadline to accept a position was June 15. However, we will consider students who have received an offer through June 22.

  • All waitlisted students will be notified by Monday, July 2. Waitlisted students will have a week from when they receive notification to accept their position.‚Äč

REGISTER NOW FOR FALL ADMISSION!

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.
 

2018-19 SCHEDULES

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 | csyo@charlottesymphony.org