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Clarksville Youth Orchestra

The Clarksville Youth Orchestra provides high-quality instruction and exciting performance opportunities for young string students in the greater Clarksville area. The CYO aims to enrich the lives of the students as well as the community and to help influence the local schools to include string orchestra as part of their music education.

Aug. 29
Sept. 12
First Rehearsal
Dec. 6
Final Concert

student playing violin


Auditions will take place on Monday, August 29, 2022, between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00. Auditions will be held in Room 147 of the Music/Mass Communication Building on the campus of Austin Peay State University. Audition requirements are as follows:

  • One scale of choice (1, 2, or 3 octaves with whatever bowing you choose)
  • A prepared piece of music showing the students technical ability
  • Sight-reading based on music for the semester

Click here to register for a Fall 2022 audition.

Following your audition, you will be placed into either the Melodic Orchestra or the Harmonic Orchestra. You will be notified of your results by email.

If you are unable to audition on August 29, please email c-yo@apsu.edu to make other arrangements.


The Clarksville Youth Orchestra is the premier orchestral training youth orchestra for young string students in the Clarksville area. Designed for students who currently receive private instruction and/or participate in their school orchestra, the orchestra allows young musicians to refine their ensemble playing, learn orchestral procedures, and focus on beautiful sound production.

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Adult string players are invited to join the Clarksville Youth Orchestra tuition-free without performing an audition. Please click the "Register" button below, and be sure to select "High School Graduate" when asked for "Current Grade in School." Direct any questions to our staff by e-mailing c-yo@apsu.edu

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CYO Participation Agreement and Photo Release Form

Both are required in order to participate in the orchestra. Please submit both pages of the document prior to the first rehearsal. Completed forms may be scanned and e-mailed to us or brought to the first rehearsal.

Download the forms here

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Whether you're looking to rent, purchase, or maintain an instrument you already own, it's essential to have access to a skilled luthier. Below you will find the CYO's recommended string instrument shops. 

The Violin Shop
2504 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 662-1570
Visit their website

Williams Fine Violins & Luthier Studios
204 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 419-2927
Visit their website


Woodwinds perform in Mabry Concert Hall

To ensure a level of success in each student’s progress, each person involved in the process has specific responsibilities. These policies are outlined at the link below.

Read our policies