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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.

Jan 10
Jan 24
First Rehearsal
May 9
Final Concert


Auditions will take place on Monday, January 10, 2022.  The auditions will be 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.  Audition requirements are as follows:

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 or contact us for registration information. 

student playing violin


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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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String players who have graduated from high school 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 through the "Contact Us" tab above, or 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