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The Cincinnati Symphony Youth
Orchestra (CSYO), under the direction of CSO Assistant Conductor William C. White, is made up of students in grades 9–12
who represent over 30 high schools in southwestern Ohio,
southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky.
Founded in 1964 by former CSO Music Director Max Rudolf
and area music educators, the CSYO is dedicated to the
cultivation of talent and provides outstanding young instrumentalists
the opportunity to perform repertoire not normally available
through their school music programs.
Rehearsals. Students attend weekly rehearsals at the College-Conservatory
of Music, are invited to attend CSO concerts at Music
Hall, study with CSO musicians in sectionals held several
times throughout the season, and give concert performances,
often with peer soloists chosen through the CSYO Concerto
Side-bySide Concertwith CSO. An annual highlight of the season
is the CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side Concert performed at Music Hall.
Awards/Scholarships. A special contribution of the Multicultural
Awareness Council to the CSO is the establishment
of the Norman E. Johns Chair in the Cincinnati
Symphony Youth Orchestra. This award is made to a talented
minority student to cover the cost of participation in
the CSYO. Students must first be accepted into the orchestra
by means of the regular audition process in the fall;
once accepted, students may choose to audition before
a panel of judges for the award.
Additionally, the CSYO presents the Josephine I.
and David J. Joseph, Jr. Scholarship each
year at its Memorial Day Concert. Since 1991, the scholarship
has been awarded to a senior student who has been a winner
of the CSYO Concerto Competition and who plans to pursue
a career in music.