Cornelius Youth Orchestras

Cornelius Youth Orchestra
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The Cornelius PARC Department is proud to sponsor the Cornelius Youth Orchestras' instrumental music program. This dynamic group meets on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 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.

Youth Orchestra

Featuring musicians from all four instrument families, the orchestra is CYO’s premier group. The youth orchestra plays two concerts per semester, performing repertoire for full orchestra. Rehearsals are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays .

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.

Open Houses for 2019-2020

Cornelius Youth Orchestras (CYO) is holding informational open house sessions for the 2019 - 2020 program year at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road, in the Bailey Middle School Orchestra Room.  Those interested in becoming a member must have at least one year of playing experience. New participants are welcome to join one of the Open House dates below. Please register in advance at Cornelius Youth Orchestras.  

Dates (all will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m.):
August 6
August 13

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 Nanette Haraden, Program Director, at 704-576-7270, or visit Cornelius Youth Orchestras.