Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion auditions will be held May 6, 13, and 20 from 10 am - 5 pm. Click the button above to register.

String auditions will be held May 5, 12, 19 and June 2 from 2 pm until 6 pm. Click the button above to register.

All instruments may audition on June 9 from 1 - 7 pm. 


LiPuma Center for Creative Arts / Tri-C Metro Campus

2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

Parking: Use lot 5 or 6 (Do not park in Rock and Roll HoF designated spots)

Enter through the Center for Creative Arts Entrance (very colorful mural surrounding the entrance) go up to level 1 and check in at the check in table.


Please click on your instrument to download a .pdf with all needed information for your audition.

All audition excerpts are intentionally untitled to give students greater freedom to deliver their own interpretations. If you have any questions, please contact our Music Director, Liza Grossman at


Contemporary Youth Orchestra typically rehearses every Saturday morning. Strings rehearse from 9a to 1p and Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion rehearse from 10:30a to 1p.

Sectionals take place at least one Tuesday evening per month.

Members are expected to attend every rehearsal and sectional.

Tuition for Season 24 will be $450. Limited tuition assistance is available to need-based musicians. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Contemporary Youth Orchestra?

Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is a 110 piece full orchestra that focuses on the study and performance of orchestral works by living composers. Each concert is dedicated to a specific topic.  CYO has performed live with movies, premiered works for orchestra and filled many of Cleveland’s venues with legendary rock artists including Ben Folds, Styx, Jon Anderson and Melissa Etheridge. CYO has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize winning composers, leading composers in the entertainment industry, and will perform the world's first Drumline Concerto in Season 24.  

What is Origins?

Origins is CYO’s chamber music and masterclass program.  Each student in Origins is assigned a chamber ensemble and a dedicated coach.  Origins students perform great chamber works and also serve as CYO’s community ambassadors performing numerous times in the community.  Origins students also receive access to every clinician and get first right of refusal to perform in masterclasses. Origins gives students a backstage pass to some of the nation's leading professionals in various fields.  Last year we brought in members of the Cleveland Orchestra, D’Addario Company representatives, a student financial aid and loan advisor and the University of Maryland Professor of Flute.

Do I need to audition for CYO and Origins in separate auditions?

No.  Auditions are held so that we can invite each musician into the ensemble that fits them best.

Can I warm up before my audition?

Yes, we will have warm up rooms available prior to your audition.

What is auditioning for CYO like?

Your CYO audition will take place on stage at Tri-C Metro Campus.  The music director and some faculty will act as the committee. We will hear you play all of the requirements plus have some brief conversation.

What happens after I audition?

You will receive an invitation to the appropriate level ensemble at your primary email.  If our panel determines that you need additional time to develop your skills, you may not receive an invitation to one of our ensembles

What do I need to play for my audition?

The audition requirements can be found by clicking here.

Do I need to have my audition music memorized?

Memorization is not necessary. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible in your audition.

Why is school music participation required for CYO | Origins students?

CYO is a strong supporter of school music programs, and believe these programs are a foundation of our music community. CYO | Origins are an extended outlet for music and artistic growth and not a substitute for a school music program. If a student is homeschooled or their school doesn’t have an orchestra or band program, then this requirement doesn’t apply. If you have a REQUIRED class during orchestra or band, a note excusing you from that class is necessary from your school guidance counselor.

When does CYO rehearse?

CYO rehearses on Saturdays:

STRINGS: 8:30am – 12:30pm

WINDS|BRASS|PERCUSSION: 10am – 12:30pm.  

CYO members have SECTIONAL NIGHT with our faculty members on Tuesday evenings, once per month from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

We follow the academic school year as closely as possible. The season concert and rehearsal calendar are made available after a successful audition.

When does Origins rehearse?

String and Percussion ensembles: Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wind and Brass ensembles: Saturday mornings from 8:30am -9:50am

What should I wear to the audition?

We suggest that you dress in respectful, comfortable clothing that allows you to play your best.

If I need tuition assistance, when do I apply?

Musicians who are accepted into CYO, can apply at any time prior to the deadline on the financial aid form on our forms page. Students must reapply for financial aid every year.

When and how will I find out the results of the audition?

Results will be emailed to your primary email you provided by June 15.


If you have any questions, please click here to email Music Director, Liza Grossman