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Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra

The 52-year-old Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras program consists of three ensembles representing over 200 of the region’s most talented young musicians in grades 7-12

CSYO aims to reinforce excellence in students and challenge them to expand their own boundaries through the highest level of music performance and collaboration. Ensembles rehearse weekly, perform up to five concerts per year, and receive access to the world class instructional resources of the CSO, including coaching from CSO musicians and leadership from CSO Assistant Conductor Gene Chang.

How To Join the CSYO


Step by Step instructions on how and what is needed to join the CSYO.

Local Student Musicians to be Featured at Carnegie Hall

The young musical talent in Cincinnati is off the charts and the teachers who mentor them play a critical role in these students’ musical and personal success. 

Ensuring a Dream

Meghan Berneking

Established in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) and in recognition of Mr. Johns’ (the CSO’s Assistant Principal cellist who holds the Karl & Roberta Schlachter Family Chair) over 40 years of service to the CSO and the community, the Award funded Mr. Abdullah’s tuition to participate in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.