Charles County Youth Orchestra

With Encore Strings, Encore Band, and Prelude Strings

CCYO is in the news! Click here to read about our upcoming concerts 

on December 3rd and 10th in The Southern Maryland Chronicle.


Winter auditions are coming up! Click here for details.

Join CCYO for a holiday concert on December 3rd

at the Port Tobacco Courthouse! Click here for details.

A study conducted by MIT found that children who practice a musical instrument develop stronger neural connections and grow smarter than children without musical opportunities. Click here to read about it on Awareness Act!


To view our COVID-19 Protocols, click here (PDF).

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Charles County Youth Orchestra, Encore Strings and Band, & Prelude Strings


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Charles County Public School Student?

No, any student of any age is welcome to audition for an ensemble. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their school ensembles as well.

What do you do besides rehearse? 

Students in all ensembles perform concerts in January and May, and have the opportunity to take part in other performances at the Charles County Fair, String Mentor Day, Kris Kringle Christmas Market, and the Arts Fest in La Plata. Students also benefit from sectional coachings and masterclasses. See "Additional Opportunities" page. 

How much does it cost?  

The membership fee for any of the groups is $145 for the year. ($95 for half year membership.) Averaging about $5 per week, it's affordable and reasonable. Financial aid is also available, so don't let financial concerns keep you from participating!

How do I get involved?

Check out the "Auditions" page for requirements and sign up to schedule an audition. 

What if the audition date has passed?

Contact the director anyway! We try to be flexible!