Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra Program

The Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) Program is a year-round program that consists of three ensembles: CSYO, Repertory Winds & Strings, and Repertory Percussion.

Members of these groups will learn to rehearse and perform like the Cape Symphony, exploring the beauty and intricacy of history’s greatest compositions while continuing to grow their musicianship and technical ability. We welcome all young musicians from ages 12 to 21 who play orchestral instruments to audition for placement in one of the three ensembles offered.

All details about the CSYO Program, including audition requirements, can be found here: CSYO Program Student Handbook.

Rehearsal Schedule

The ensembles generally rehearse on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM, alternating between Cape Cod Community College and the Cape Symphony Falmouth Campus.

For specific rehearsal schedule details, please view our 2022/23 CSYO Program Calendar.

New Repertory Percussion Ensemble

All percussionists who are accepted into the CSYO Program will be required to play in the Repertory Percussion Ensemble, which will meet every other week at the West Barnstable campus. At the Falmouth Campus rehearsals percussionists will either rehearse in CSYO (ensemble) or one of the Repertory Ensembles (string/winds) depending on their assigned group. The addition of the Repertory Percussion Ensemble allows us to include more percussionists in the CSYO Program and train them to play the wide variety of instruments necessary to perform symphonic repertoire. Just like a string quartet, each percussionist in this smaller ensemble will have significantly more responsibility and be challenged in ways that will lead to incredible growth as a musician.

Placement and New Member Auditions

Current CSYO members are automatically accepted but need to re-audition each season for placement within the CSYO. All new members must audition. This not only helps us place students in the appropriate ensembles, but also helps us choose the repertoire for the season. Auditions are held three times a year: fall, winter, and spring.

Tuition: $550* **

*Cape Symphony private music lesson students receive free tuition into the CSYO program!

**Special rate for Martha's Vineyard students: $275.

Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra Faculty:

Mark Miller, CSYO Conductor & Music Director

Kyle Spraker, Cape Symphony Educational Outreach Programs Manager

Stacy Callahan, CSYO Personnel Manager

David Gable, CSYO Program Strings Coordinator/Instructor

Betsy Doriss, CSYO Program Winds Coordinator/Instructor

Mark Prall, CSYO Program Percussion Coordinator/Instructor


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