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Charles County Youth Orchestra

With Encore Strings, Encore Band, and Prelude Strings

Mark your calendars for our 2023-2024 Midyear Auditions on January 13th at Christ Church, La Plata, and be part of our incredible ensembles! Visit the "Auditions" page for requirements and the sign-up form

CCYO's Spring Concert performance of Concertino for Flute and Orchestra featuring our 2023 Concerto Competition winner is out! Listen here!

The Misbin Competition—set for March 26th—featured CCYO! Click here to view the competition application.

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!

On February 19, CCYO held an Earthquake Relief Concert to raise funds for the victims of the Turkey-Syria earthquake. Click here to view photos from our concert on the front page of the Anadolu News Agency.

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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 $175 for the year. Averaging about $6 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!

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