Contemporary Youth Orchestra is an 110-piece full orchestra dedicated to performing professional-level works by contemporary composers. Recent performances have included the works of Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, Michael Daugherty and Mason Bates, as well as commissioned pieces. CYO’s signature Rock the Orchestra concert pairs a legendary rock artist with the orchestra to perform well-known popular music on the symphony stage. Students play at an advanced level and are selected for CYO through a competitive audition process.
CYO’s season consists of 3-4 public concerts each year. CYO follows the school calendar, and rehearses Saturdays from 8:30 – 12:30 on our home stage at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus. Members of CYO participate in monthly sectionals led by professional musicians.