Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras
of Strathmore

As the resident youth orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore, MCYO’s mission is to nurture, develop, and advance young talented musicians in a quality orchestral program. Each season, over 500 musicians in grades 2–12 participate in one of six orchestras as well as several ensembles and chamber groups. Founded in 1946, MCYO is the oldest and most established youth orchestra program in the Washington, DC, area and is highly regarded regionally and nationally as one of the country’s most outstanding youth orchestra programs

Learn more at


Auditions for MCYO are held annually in late August and online registration for auditions begins in June. Visit for audition requirements and dates.

Keep in Touch!

If you are an MCYO alum, please call or email MCYO Executive Director Cheryl Jukes, MCYO is always interested in finding out where you are and what you are doing!

MCYO at Strathmore

Support Strathmore

We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.

Make a membership gift here.