Additional Opportunities


In addition to weekly rehearsals and two main concerts, members of our ensembles have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

CCYO Concerto Competition: Winner will perform solo with the CCYO in addition to an honorarium. Second and third place winners will get honorariums and performance opportunities. Competition is open only to current CCYO members. More details coming. Date TBD.

Davies Concert Series: Pre-Concert Performance by members of all CCYO Ensembles.

Sectional Rehearsals: Professional coaches lead each section in specific work on their parts. (Challenging string parts are demonstrated in video tutorials here.)

Fiddling at the Fair: String players (CCYO or Encore Strings) perform fun fiddle tunes at the Charles County Fair! This is a fun opportunity for students to play with the skills they've learned in front of an audience.

String Mentor Day: String players (CCYO or Encore Strings) have a pizza party after Encore Strings rehearsal, then work side-by-side with fifth grade beginning students. They help them learn note reading and good technique. At the end of the session, the perform a piece so the younger kids can see what they might sound like in another year or two!

Christmas Carols at the Kris Kringle Marketplace: We celebrate the holiday season with easy (and beautiful) carols at the Kris Kringle Marketplace event at the Charles County Fairgrounds, hosted by the Charles County Arts Alliance. Our Christmas Carols will be held at

6:00 PM on 13 December 2019.

Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A: This is not only an opportunity to raise money for our organization, but also a chance for students to play solos or small ensembles in a stress free environment.

Arts Fest in La Plata: Strings play fiddle tunes and the band plays their concert pieces in a final public performance for the season.

Masterclass: Students have the opportunity to play in a masterclass at least once a year. Previous masterclass clinicians have included Olivia Gutoff--previous director of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras--and Gregg Goodhart --motivational teacher and speaker on using neuroscience to improve practice.

Charles County Youth Orchestra


“This program, Charles County Youth Orchestra, is sponsored in part by a grant from the Charles County Arts Alliance and

Maryland State Arts Council.”

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