Music City Youth Orchestra

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Music City Youth Orchestra

Our programs provide dynamic orchestra and chamber music experiences for students in grades 5 through 12. All students who have not yet graduated from high school and who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are encouraged to audition.

Our Programs:

    MCYO Concert Orchestra

    MCYO's flagship ensemble for advanced level string students, the Concert Orchestra was founded in 2007 and has performed to enthusiastic audiences at many major venues throughout Nashville. Students in the Concert Orchestra study and perform advanced works from the classical repertoire, jazz and rock standards, as well as traditional music from around the world. The Concert Orchestra is directed by Music Director, Travis Patton.

    MCYO Academy Orchestra

    New for the 2017-2018 season, MCYO's Academy Orchestra is designed to be smaller and more focused on easier music, while still embracing MCYO's "eclectic" approach to exposing our students to all styles of music. This will help MCYO to give even more personalized instruction to all of our students. The Academy Orchestra is directed by Melanie Joy Alvey, who has successfully led MCYO's Chamber Ensemble for the past six years. This is an exciting addition to the MCYO musical offerings.

    MCYO Chamber Ensembles

    Each student will get to experience being part of a Chamber Ensemble within regular rehearsal times. They will be placed in a group based on skill level: trio, quartet, quintet, etc. Like the Concert Orchestra, the Chamber Ensembles will also learn and perform a variety of styles of music from well-known classics to jazz and rock. Chamber ensemble students will learn about communicating well with a smaller ensemble and will gain sight-reading, improvisational, and leadership skills that will in turn foster their confidence as a musician. They will also learn the skill of playing "gigs" for private events and weddings. The chamber groups are organized and facilitated by MCYO's Academy Director, Melanie Joy Alvey.

    Audition Requirements & Application:

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      To schedule an audition, please email us with your audition appointment preferences using this form.


    Scholarship Opportunities for Concert Orchestra:

      We have limited needs-based scholarship funds available and would like to extend opportunities to participate to as many musicians as possible.

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    Internship Opportunities:

      We accept internships on an on-going basis. All MCYO internships are unpaid. Program areas include Music Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Orchestra.

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