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Our Programs

Featuring musicians from all four instrument families, the orchestra is CYO’s premier group. The youth orchestra plays two concerts per semester, performing repertoire for full orchestra. Rehearsals are from 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesdays at Bailey Middle School.

CYO’s entry-level string orchestra is the perfect fit for students just beginning their music education journey. Students learning a string instrument are invited to play along with their peers having 1-3 years experience. Rehearsals are from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays at Bailey Middle School.

The CYO Brass Ensemble is an exclusive program connecting elite instruction with more experienced brass youth musicians in the local area. The ensemble is directed by Andrew Fierova, a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and horn professor at Davidson College. Placement in the ensemble will be evaluated and determined by an audition via video submission. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 5:30-7pm at Bailey Middle School.

CYO’s entry-level brass ensemble is the perfect fit for brass students just beginning their musical journey. Students in the Junior Brass Ensemble will be given the necessary tools to achieve excellent fundamental technique while being introduced to chamber ensemble playing. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:15-8:45pm at Bailey Middle School.

CYO Brass Challenge!

The Brass Challenge provides an incredible and unique opportunity for middle school brass players to receive instruction from some of the area’s finest brass musicians. This beginner-friendly 8 week series features classes for trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, and euphonium and boasts a faculty comprised of exclusively Juilliard alumni. Students will be given robust instruction on fundamentals and valuable instrument-specific technical insights. Participants will leave the program more equipped with the knowledge and tools needed for long-term success playing their instrument. Don’t miss out! The program kicks off in August!