Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra

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The Music Division at PASCP is The Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra (CPYO). 

Established in 1991 with the support of the Penn State University School of Music, CPYO is the area’s premiere youth music ensemble, with more than 65 talented young musicians from several counties. The Penn State University School of Music continues to be a strong supporter of CPYO by providing rehearsal and concert facilities, an orchestral library, percussion instruments and concert grand pianos, as well as student mentors who graciously participate in CPYO rehearsals and concerts.

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Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra performs 3 concerts each year, as well as a front-of-curtain concert at The Nutcracker ballet performed by the dance division at PASCP.  Recent works include Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglior, Joseph J. Philips’ Fantasia on an Original Theme,  Smetema’s Haakon Jarl, op.16, and Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No.2, among many others.     

CPYO has two tiers of participation:      

  • Full Orchestra, which consists of winds, percussion,and more experienced string players;
  • Chamber Orchestra, which consists of winds and strings seeking their first orchestral experience.

Membership in CPYO is by audition.  To schedule an audition, please contact CeciliaDunoyer at cedunoyer@gmail.com .