Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

MCYO Philharmonic
MCYO Students Performing At Strathmore Music Center

The mission of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras is to nurture, develop and advance young talented musicians in a quality orchestral program.

The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) of Strathmore strives to create a seamless connection between the artistic and the educational experience. MCYO is highly regarded regionally and nationally as one of the country’s most outstanding youth orchestra programs. Founded in 1946 as the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, MCYO is the oldest and most established youth orchestra program in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

Under the direction of MCYO Music Director Kristofer Sanz and MCYO Artistic Advisor Jonathan Carney, MCYO proudly ushers in its 75th season of providing a quality orchestra program for the area’s young talented musicians.

MCYO offers three full orchestras, a chamber ensemble, three string orchestras, small ensembles and chamber groups to over 500 talented musicians in grades 2-12. Auditions for MCYO are held annually in late August.


MCYO is grateful for support from the following:

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Ed & Shelly Grossman

Upcoming MCYO Events


MCYO Summer Strings (Senior)

Off Campus

Apply by June 1


MCYO Summer Strings (Junior)

Off Campus

Apply by June 1


While our stages may be dark, our core commitment to you—and to our artists, students, and teachers—does not change. Together, we will nourish the creative soul of our community.

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