“…the guidance I needed to be set up for success”

-Jay Z


CYO empowers students to soar in music and in life via the study and performance of new and contemporary music and introduction to careers in the creative arts industries. Confidence, integrity, independence, clarity of thought and generosity of spirit are essential values our talented community strives to embody.

With a continually growing offering of experiences that excite the imagination, CYO currently consists of a 110-piece full orchestra dedicated to performing professional-level works by contemporary composers, a chamber ensemble designed to provide exceptional musicians with a deeper, more involved understanding of music and their instruments, a Drumline Intensive summer day camp for players to transform their technical chops and a College Audition Preparatory Program.

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.

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.

Since the founding, primary CYO ensembles have remained committed to the exclusive study and performance of contemporary and new music. At both the orchestra and chamber music levels, CYO has commissioned new works and performed world premieres. Since 2004, presenting the signature Rock the Orchestra concert, featuring legendary rock musicians including Melissa Etheridge, Jason Mraz, Ben Folds and Pat Benatar. CYO has received the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement in the classical music/opera category, the Sunshine Award from Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio for excellence in arts education, and the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) award for adventurous programming.

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