The Cape Youth Orchestra program brings talented young musicians of all ages and skill levels from Cape Cod and southern New England together to perform under the direction of professional conductors, musicians, and educators from the Cape Symphony, Conservatory, and Boston area. Centered on fostering joy in instrumental and orchestral playing, the youth orchestra program provides young musicians with enriching musical experiences that strengthen their musicianship and create lasting memories.

Program Highlights:

  • Annual performances throughout the Cape and New England region
  • Music collaborations with Conservatory programs and other performing arts organizations
  • Sectional rehearsals with musicians from the Cape Symphony and Boston
  • Chamber music opportunities and performances throughout the region
  • Season tickets for Cape Symphony's Masterpiece concert series
  • Access to masterclasses and select special events
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers and administrative staff
  • A lifetime of musical and personal memories

Four Ways to Play:

CYO Philharmonic - Advanced high school symphonic orchestra (grades 9-12). Regular rehearsals at Cape Cod Community College, Mondays, 5:30-7:45pm 

CYO Chamber Strings - Intermediate string orchestra (grades 5-8 with 2+ years experience). Regular rehearsals at Cape Cod Community College, Mondays, 5:30-7pm 

CYO Debut Winds - Intermediate middle school wind and brass (grades 6-8 with 2+ years experience). Regular rehearsals at Cape Cod Community College, Mondays, 5:30-7pm

CYO Debut Strings - Beginner string orchestra (grades 1-5 with 1+ years experience). Regular rehearsals at Cape Conservatory / Barnstable, Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm. No audition is necessary to participate in Debut Strings 



Three Steps to Join: 

1) Sign up to attend a placement audition

2) Review current repertoire

3) Pay for your membership



Highlights of Spring Repertoire*:

Music from West Side Story - Bernstein
Themes from Scheherazade - Rimsky-Korsakov
Wedding March, A Midsummer Night's Dream - Song without Words by Gustav Holst
A Dance of Clowns, A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Felix Mendelssohn
Nocturne from Midsummer Night’s Dream - Felix Mendelssohn
The Moldau - Smetana

Chamber Strings-
Amazing Grace - New Britain traditional
Rosamunde - Franz Schubert
Autumn, The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi

Debut Winds-
Simple Gifts, Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland
Winds Chorale - Christopher Schroeder

*all repertoire is subject to change based on enrollment

Contact the Conservatory with any questions!  |  508.362.2772.



Musicians must be in good standing within their school music programs; private lessons with outside instructor or Conservatory faculty member is strongly encouraged.

Mid Sept. through mid May  (no rehearsals during school vacations and holidays)

Performance Highlights from 2017|18 Season:
Dec. 6: State House Performance with the Cape Youth Chorale
Dec. 17: Fall Concert @ Cape Cod Community College
Feb. 16: Shelter from the Storm Performance @ Cape Cod Community College  |  7pm
April 30: ArtSpring Concert @ Cape Cod Community College  |  6:30pm
May 13: Season Finale @ Cape Cod Church  |  Call 2:30pm; Concert 5pm
May 21: Placement auditions for the 2018|19 season (new members only)

Financial aid scholarships are available for qualified students

Program Leadership:

Christopher Schroeder, Cape Youth Orchestra Music Director/Conductor CYO Philharmonic
David GableCYO Chamber Strings and Debut Strings Music Director/Conductor
Caroline Buccino, CYO Debut Winds Instructor
Amber BroderickCYO Program Manager & Conservatory Registrar

Jung-Ho Pak serves as Artistic Advisor to the Youth Orchestra. He is the Artistic Director of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. His background as a musician, performance/conducting experience and 25 years of teaching experience have helped shape the vision, format, and infrastructure of the Youth Orchestra. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.

Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director of the Cape Conservatory, brings decades of experience as a musician, educator, and lecturer, along with the resources and connections of the Conservatory, to the team. 

Rehearsals for the Phil, Chamber Strings, and Debut Winds are at Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center.
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable