As the resident youth orchestra at the Music Center
at Strathmore, MCYO’s mission is to “nurture and develop young talented
musicians and enrich the community with a quality orchestral experience.” Each
season, over 450 talented musicians in grades 3-12 participate in one of six orchestras
and several small ensembles (including Flute and Clarinet Choirs, Harp
Ensemble, quartets and quintets).
Attracting members from the entire Washington
metropolitan region (DC, Northern Virginia, several MD counties, including
Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Baltimore, PG and more), MCYO provides an
exceptional orchestral training program for aspiring young musicians: students whose
intellectual and musical development profit enormously from exposure to great
orchestral literature and the discipline and artistry required to perform at a
Now in its 66th year, MCYO continues to
enjoy a national reputation as an outstanding music program. MCYO conductors and
coaches are all professional musicians and highly regarded music educators. To maintain
the highest possible quality, students must audition annually in August to win
a seat in an ensemble for the season.
After selection and placement, members participate in weekly rehearsals
and regularly-scheduled concerts in the world-class concert hall at the Music
Center at Strathmore. MCYO also performs at other top national venues, such as
the Kennedy Center, the White House and Carnegie Hall, and has participated in
international tours and European festivals.
Community Outreach is an important aspect of the
program, enabling MCYO musicians and staff to share their talent and provide
enriching experiences for other groups in the community. Some of the smaller
orchestras and ensembles venture out, presenting concerts at embassies, senior
centers, churches, schools, museums and for specially-requested community
events and galas. The Children’s Inn at NIH, Asbury Village, the National
Lutheran Home, Fox Hills Senior Living, and most recently, a Baltimore 9/11
Memorial ceremony at the request of the State Arts Council and the Governor’s
office, are but a few of the outreaches MCYO has engaged in recently.
at Strathmore facilitates unique collaborations with our partners. MCYO offers
master classes (open to the public) conducted by members of the BSO and
National Philharmonic. Side by Side performances with professional orchestras
and world renowned conductors take place and Concerto Competitions showcase
MCYO musicians as soloists. MCYO also enjoys opportunities to perform with
CityDance and co-sponsors educational programs with the Levine School of Music
and Strathmore artists.
In order to attract the best and the brightest
talent for the orchestras, MCYO provides need-based financial assistance and
scholarships for tuition and lessons. In addition, MCYO awards select
graduating seniors scholarship money to help with their continued pursuit of
music in college.
more information about MCYO performances and special events please visit mcyo.org. Young talented musicians interested in
joining MCYO, please visit the website for audition requirements and annual
August audition dates. On line registration for auditions begins in June.
are an MCYO alumnus, please call or email Executive Director Cheryl Jukes, email@example.com
. MCYO is always
interested in finding out where you are and what you are doing!