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The CYO Experience

Educating and inspiring young musicians through exceptional musical training, unique performance opportunities and high quality educational programming.

Contemporary Youth Orchestra is committed to the study and performance of exclusively contemporary and new orchestral music, with a focus on introducing students to careers in the creative arts industries. CYO defines contemporary repertoire as music written in the last 100 years, and we have a distinct interest in performing new music. CYO frequently commissions new works and seeks out adventurous programming opportunities.
Exploring students’ potential while making memories that will last a lifetime.
Inspiring students to discover the unique gift of new music, CYO celebrates the extraordinary benefits of music education coupled with real-life experience. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, CYO proudly collaborates with some of the most exciting contemporary musicians, exploring innovations in contemporary music.
CYO is in residence at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Metro Campus and we work in partnership with Tri-C Metro’s Center for Creative Arts. Through collaborative programming, we seek to address instrumental music education gaps in the Cleveland area.
CYO’s season follows the school calendar, and we host up to 5 concerts each year. Recent performances include the works of Valerie Coleman, Vincent Mendoza and Soon Hee Newbold, as well as commissions from Pascal LeBoeuf and Dylan Trần.
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