Youth Orchestras


The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras is committed to supporting the lives of young musicians and their families through professional and enriching rehearsals and performances. We are here to serve and inspire the passionate music-makers of central Ohio and elevate our community through musical excellence and innovation.

The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras celebrated their 67th season in 2021-2022. Established in 1955, the Youth Orchestras program has expanded to include four ensembles and two seasonal ensembles. Of the four ensembles that make up the CSYO, two are strings-only ensembles: Junior Strings and Chamber Strings; and two are full symphonic orchestra ensembles: Cadet Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. Auditions for all ensembles are held annually in late April and May. 

As part of the CSYO program, members and families enjoy quality musical experiences that develop and engage their musical and leadership skills. These experiences benefit the lives of these young musicians for years to come. Some of these experiences include: 

Free Tickets to Columbus Symphony Orchestra Masterworks performances 

Rehearsal and Performances in Columbus Association for the Performing Arts Theater Venues 

Access to direct interaction and instruction from Columbus Symphony Orchestra musicians during rehearsal season 

Access to free, online, music education seminars led by career professionals during our Youth Orchestras Online series. This series is conducted through partnership with Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Youth Symphony. 

And More!



Are you a current member of the CSYO Season? Click below to view member updates and information!

Member Information


Learn more about each of our ensembles below!

Youth Orchestra

Cadet Orchestra

Chamber Strings

Junior Strings

All City Orchestra


Hear What Our Musicians Are Saying: 

“It’s fun being in the CSYO because I’m surrounded by tons of talented musicians and I can and have learned how to be a better player. I’m looking forward to next year!” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member

“It’s been one of a kind! Being a freshman, my eyes were opened when I saw all the talent here.” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member

“Solo quiero decirlo que tocando con esta orquesta es increíble. Muchas gracias para este oportunidad.” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member

“Thank you for giving me the chance to play in an orchestra with other oboes. I have really enjoyed all of the pieces we play and there is magic when they all come together.” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member

“This was my 2nd year in Youth and it honestly has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve been challenged to be at my best and try to bring my all to each rehearsal. I’m so excited for next year!” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member

“Thank you so much for all that you did for us these past 2 years, especially during the pandemic. I learned so much under [Mr. Lopera’s] direction and really improved as a musician. [Mr. Lopera] has taught me to pay more attention to the little things in the music, which will definitely stick with me as I continue playing music in the future.” - ‘21-22 Youth Orchestra Member



Learn About Auditions


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Have questions about our CSYO Program? You can find answers in our FAQ or send an email to the Youth Orchestras Manager at