Cornelius Youth Orchestras

Cornelius Youth Orchestra
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The Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department is proud to sponsor the Cornelius Youth Orchestras' instrumental music program. This dynamic group meets on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Middle School) located at 11900 Bailey Road. For calendars and additional information visit the Cornelius Youth Orchestras.


CYO is seeking young musicians for its growing programs. Weekly rehearsals include a 30-minute sectional instruction session from qualified music instructors and 30 to 40 minutes of group orchestra rehearsal. Potential new members are invited to try out a few rehearsals for free before making a decision to join.

2021-22 Youth Orchestra

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Mecklenburg County and CMS requirements, all participants must wear a mask while indoors unless a medical or behavioral condition or disability exception applies.

Prelude Strings

CYO’s entry-level string orchestra is the perfect fit for students just beginning their music education journey. Students learning a string instrument are invited to play along with their peers having 1-3 years experience. Rehearsals are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Space in each program is on a first come basis and is limited to the first 60 youth musicians enrolled in both orchestra programs. Tuition scholarships are available, so no youth musician will be turned away because of inability to pay. To register for the program or for more information, please contact please email or call (704) 710-6498.