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Additional Opportunities


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

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Masterclass Series: Students may request to perform for Masterclasses by contacting their director. As many students as possible will be asked to perform yet all students will benefit from listening to the comments about the music for each piece. Past Masterclass teachers were: 
     David Premo - Associate Principal Cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony
     Renee Banks - United States Marine Corps Band
     Jody Gatwood - Professor Emeritus, Catholic University of America
     Paula Akbar- First Violin, National Symphony Orchestra
     Jeff Silberschlag- Director of Music, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

​CCYO Concerto Competition: The winner will perform solo with the CCYO in addition to receiving an honorarium. The competition is open only to current CCYO, Encore Band, and Encore Strings members. Additional information can be found here.

Chamber Music Festival: Two one-week sessions of coaching and rehearsals culminating in a performance at the Secret Garden Concert Series at Christ Church, La Plata. More information can be found here.

Secret Garden Concert Series: In addition to the Chamber Music Festival performances, selected student groups will perform at the beginning of concerts by the Directors of CCYO and guest artists at Christ Church, La Plata.

Performances at Galas and Local Events: CCYO students perform at local galas such as for the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Children’s Environmental Health Network and for events such as the Charles County Arts Alliance Annual Meeting, the Moyaone Reserve Homes Tour, and Nature Fest. 

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society: CCYO string players perform with the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society at their annual Messiah performances.

​Sectional Rehearsals: Professional coaches lead each section in specific work on their parts.

​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. In 2022, this performance will be held on December 10th. See our Events Calendar for details.

Arts Fest in La Plata: Annual outdoor concert where all strings play fiddle tunes and CCYO and Encore Band play some of their concert pieces in a final public performance for the season.

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