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The CYO Experience

CYO 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.

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 per season. Recent performances have included the works of Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, Michael Daugherty and Mason Bates, as well as several groundbreaking commissioned pieces.

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Exploring Innovation

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, and in residence at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, CYO proudly collaborates with some of the most exciting contemporary musicians, exploring innovations in contemporary music.

Growth and Change

Founded in 1995, CYO has provided life-changing music education to nearly 2,000 young musicians through core programming and touched the lives of more than 8,000 students via community outreach programs. Started as an orchestra with 35 students, CYO has grown and diversified its offerings to serve more than 175 students annually, ages 12-18, representing 64 Northeast Ohio schools.

Growth and Change

Founded in 1995, CYO has provided life-changing music education to nearly 2,000 young musicians through core programming and touched the lives of more than 8,000 students via community outreach programs. Started as an orchestra with 35 students, CYO has grown and diversified its offerings to serve more than 175 students annually, ages 12-18, representing 64 Northeast Ohio schools.

Vision

CYO creates experiences that excite the imagination, develop independent thinkers, and inspire confidence through new and contemporary music. CYO facilitates students’ technical and creative growth in an inspiring and supportive community.

Values

CYO values the benefit of music education and real-life experience. Our programs provide our students with valuable insight on a variety of careers in the arts by:

  • Inspiring, creating and discovering new music in an educational setting;
  • Collaborating with some of the most exciting contemporary musicians on the scene today, and;
  • Exploring innovations in contemporary music.

Values

CYO values the benefit of music education and real-life experience. Our programs provide our students with valuable insight on a variety of careers in the arts by:

  • Inspiring, creating and discovering new music in an educational setting;
  • Collaborating with some of the most exciting contemporary musicians on the scene today, and;
  • Exploring innovations in contemporary music.

Beliefs

  • We believe that music education provides value and benefit to a new generation.
  • We believe that programs that are exciting and relevant to young people will foster creativity and lifelong learning.
  • We believe that experiential learning is the best way to inspire young people to greatness.

Statement of Inclusion

CYO values and embraces the full spectrum of human differences (life experiences, work experiences, perspectives, cultures, ethnicity, gender, age and other aspects of life) and understands that creating and maintaining an inclusive environment is integral to our success. Our culture is defined by practices and policies that recognize and embrace each person’s unique abilities, strengths and differences. We promote diversity and inclusion within our organization, the students and families we serve, and all others with whom we interact.

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