In partnership with Columbus City Schools, All City Orchestra is designed to enrich the lives of Columbus City School high school students with the opportunity to perform in an inclusive, full-orchestra setting. Under the direction of Associate Conductor Andrés Lopera, students will grow in their leadership and musicianship, while also receiving direct instruction from Columbus Symphony musicians and CCS music instructors. All City students also receive 2 free tickets to Columbus Symphony Masterworks performances while participating in the ensemble. 

Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday nights from December through March at Ft. Hayes High School and culminating with a concert in the spring.



No audition fee or tuition fee. Students must make their own transportation arrangements. Student participants will receive a certificate of participation and T-shirt. 


Concert Season Performance

Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 3:00PM - Lincoln Theatre

Admission is FREE and Open to the Public! 


2023 Season Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7:00PM-9:00PM at Ft. Hayes High School on the following dates: 

Dec. 5

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30

Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

Mar. 6 

Want to Audition?

Audition Registration Now Open!

Auditions will take place on Monday, November 28, from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Ft. Hayes High School. Students will receive specific audition times via email once they register using the link below. 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Must be a high school student (grades 9-12) currently enrolled in Columbus City Schools
  • Must perform on a standard orchestra instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion)
  • Must attend all rehearsals and dress rehearsals listed above


Audition Requirements: 

1. Solo piece (under 3 minutes - excerpt permitted)

Solo piece examples: lesson repertoire, school band or orchestra piece, etude, piece from lesson book (Suzuki, Essential Elements etc.) 

2. Scales: Strings: 2-octave major scales: D, G, B♭

Woodwind: 2-octave major scales: B♭, F, G

Brass: 2-octave major scales: B♭, F, G

Percussion: Demonstrate proficiency on snare drum, timpani, and/or xylophone, including rudiments on snare drum and/or 3-octave scale on xylophone in keys of G and F


Sight-Reading is not required for the 2023 season.


 Click Here to Audition!


All City ensemble funding is made possible by the The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. We thank them for their generous support of our community's young musicians!

Special thanks to Betty Hill, Unified Arts Supervisor for Columbus City Schools; Mark Donavan, Unified Arts Coordinator; and CCS Instrumental Specialists: Stephanie Rzewnicki, Andrea Tippery, and Gayla Ebersole for their continued support of the program!


Questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]