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Orchestras

We would like you to know about a group of young musicians in the Chattanooga area. They are talented, focused, dedicated, energetic and hardworking. As can be said of all young people, they are our future. In this case, our musical future! Together they are known as the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestras (CSOYO). They currently consist of over 200 musicians.

Symphony

2015 CSO Youth Orchestras-80The Symphony, conducted by Gary Wilkes, is the premiere orchestra of the CSOYO, representing some of the best middle and high school talent in the Chattanooga area.  They often perform standard orchestral repertoire and difficult contemporary works that would be a challenge for any orchestra.  In 2009, they accompanied Midori in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto (1st movement).  Some of the Symphony alumni are now members of top professional symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic.

Symphony 2016-2017 Calendar

Philharmonic

2015 CSO Youth Orchestras-43The Philharmonic, conducted by Sandy Morris, is the second orchestra of the CSOYO, representing up and coming middle and high school talent in the Chattanooga area.  They perform many challenging and interesting orchestral selections, including standard repertoire.  For many wind players, this is the first opportunity to play along with string players in a full orchestra.

Philharmonic 2016-2017 Calendar

2015 CSO Youth Orchestras-25Etude

The Etude, conducted by Floy Wang, is the intermediate level string training orchestra of the CSOYO, representing many talented young people from area elementary and middle schools.  They perform an interesting variety of selections for string orchestra as they continue to learn the art of ensemble performance.

Etude 2016-2017 Calendar

2015 CSO Youth Orchestras-11Prelude

The Prelude, conducted by Floy Wang, is the beginning level string training orchestra of the CSOYO, representing many talented young people from area elementary and middle schools.  They perform an interesting variety of selections for string orchestra as they begin to learn the art of performing together.

Prelude 2016-2017 Calendar