ELIGIBILITY: Students are eligible to apply beginning at age five. Students are required to be able to read music and it is required that all students take private lessons. Private lessons may be waived in certain cases; for example, if a student is already able to play at the maximum required skill level for the ensemble, or if a student is unable to find a teacher for his or her instrument. A LIST OF TEACHERS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
SCHOOL BAND/ORCHESTRA: If the student's school offers band or orchestra, the student is required to participate. Non-participation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The school's music teacher will be notified of the student's enrollment in CYO. CYO is intended to complement, not replace, school music programs. Students participating in marching band will have excused absences during marching season, but they are required to notify their ensemble's conductor in advance of each absence.
SIX ENSEMBLES: CYO has three string only, one wind only, and two mixed ensembles. The ensembles are designed as a stair-step program in which the student can move up when ready for more challenging repertoire.
String Only - Primary, Intermediate, Chamber
Woodwinds and Brass Only - Wind
Mixed - Symphonic, Symphony
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ENSEMBLE CAN BE FOUND HERE.