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.

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2022-23 COYO Concert Series

Witness the future of classical music

Live from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance, COYO's 2022-23 season welcomes you back for an exciting new series of performances by this critically acclaimed ensemble.

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Autumn Concert

Nov 20, 2022
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Winter Concert

Feb 24, 2022
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Spring Concert

May 5, 2023
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Joining COYO

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.”
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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.

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About COYO

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.

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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