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youth orchestra spring 2018

About the Clarksville Youth Orchestra

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.

​The CYO is comprised of two separate orchestras, called Melodic and Harmonic. Each orchestra requires a successful entrance audition. The Melodic Orchestra, led by Mr. Andrew Bailey, is designed for students who are newer to orchestral playing. The Harmonic Orchestra, led by Mr. Zenas Alexander, is for students with significant ensemble experience.​


Auditions will take place on Monday, January 10, 2022 between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 on the campus of Austin Peay State University. Auditions will be held in Room 147 in the Music/Mass Communications Building. Audition slots will be five minutes each. Please be prepared to play one scale of your choice and no more than three minutes of a solo piece.

Click here to register for a Spring 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 January 10, please email c-yo@apsu.edu to make other arrangements.

Adult community members who have graduated from high school are invited to participate in the CYO without performing an audition. Visit the "Adult Members" tab above for registration information.  

Rehearsals and Performances

Each group rehearses each week on Monday evenings, 5:30-6:45pm.

Melodic Orchestra, led by Mr. Andrew Bailey

Harmonic Orchestra, led by Mr. Zenas Alexander

All regular rehearsals take place at the Music/Mass Communications Building at Austin Peay State University in Room 147. Attendance and preparation for rehearsals is required for membership in the orchestra. The Clarksville Youth Orchestra performs regularly in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall located on the campus of Austin Peay State University. Other performances take place within the Clarksville community.

To see a more detailed calendar including upcoming rehearsal and performance dates, visit the Calendar tab above. 

Registration Fee

Student participation in the CYO costs $125 per semester. This fee covers: 

Adult community members are welcome to join the orchestra free of charge. Visit the "Adult Members" tab above for more information.