Alumni News


All interested Alumni are invited to join us for a celebration of Gary and Sandy! Gary retired in 2020 but we were unable to celebrate with him at that time due to the pandemic. Sandy is retiring at the end of this season. Please visit our Eventbrite page to make your reservation for this wonderful recognition dinner:


More Info here: WILKES/MORRIS Retirement Dinner

CSOYO Alumni Zoom Call with Gary and Sandy!

All CSOYO Alumni are invited to join a ZOOM call with retiring conductors Gary Wilkes and Sandy Morris. The zoom session will begin on TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM EST. (Corrected from previous date of April 28). Join to get an update on what’s next for Gary and Sandy and share your congratulations with them. Sign up to receive the Zoom link here:



Hey, CSOYO Alumni:

We'd like to reconnect with you and develop relationships with the many YO Members we've had through the last 35+ years. We're working hard to start some Alumni initiatives under the program name of CODA. 

co·da  /ˈkōdə/  noun,  MUSIC:      the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.


If the CSOYO experience is the main piece or movement, this is the perfect term to describe our alumni members and the impact they can have on the CSOYO!

We've created an Alumni newsletter called CODA in order to stay in touch. Please check out the latest Issue HERE:

CODA January 2022 Newsletter

CODA October 2021 Newsletter

All alumni are invited to attend our next concert, the CSOYO Winter Concert, on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church downtown. All four youth orchestras will be performing, and tickets are available through the CSO Box Office.

We will host a special Alumni reception immediately after the concert, with John Kilkenny as our special guest. John is the new Executive Director of the CSO, and he is anxious to meet you. There will be refreshments, gifts and a door prize! We hope you'll join us!

Please help us spread the word about this new program by sharing with your YO Alumni friends. The next CODA issue will arrive in April 2022. Alumni who wish to be on our email list for this and other updates should complete the form below to sign up. 

Please reach out to the CSOYO Manager ( any time if you have suggestions or questions! We want to hear from you!