Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Cleveland orchestra Youth Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) is one of only a few youth orchestras in the world that operates under the auspices of top tier professional orchestra. Each year it provides approximately 100 aspiring young musicians with a unique pre-professional orchestral training experience.Explore Season Audition for COYO
Witness the future of classical music
Live from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance, COYO's 2021-22 season welcomes you back for an exciting new series of performances by this critically acclaimed ensemble. Tickets are currently available for COYO's upcoming autumn concert.
What’s it like to be a member?
COYO’s musicians hail from dozens of communities across Northern Ohio, receive weekly coaching sessions by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, and rehearse & perform in Mandel Concert Hall. Hear from COYO musicians directly:
- “The coaches are all incredible, both as musicians and as people. The lessons you learn from a member of such an incredible ensemble as The Cleveland Orchestra, it's impossible to learn elsewhere.”
- "COYO performances are my favorite memories. It's the best feeling in the world to create something so beautiful surrounded by your best friends."
- “It was my time in COYO that really taught me about responsibility, teamwork, and tenacity.”
Get to know Vinay Parameswaran
Associate Conductor, The Cleveland Orchestra
Music Director, COYO
Vinay Parameswaran joined The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant conductor with the 2017-18 season, and was promoted to associate conductor in 2021. In this role, he leads the Orchestra in several dozen concerts each season at Severance, Blossom Music Festival, and on tour. He also serves as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.Read Full Bio
Be a part of our history
Since its inception in 1986, the Youth Orchestra has performed more than 200 concerts and has provided a musical home to more than 1,500 talented young musicians, many of whom have gone on to become professional musicians. Students continue to be awed by the scope and quality of the orchestral experience afforded to them, including engaging with world-renowned guest artists, composers, and conductors.Visit COYO Website
By the Numbers
world premieres have been performed by COYO
international tours have brought COYO to new audiences
current Cleveland Orchestra members were in COYO