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Arts Fuel Creativity and Learning



The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras (CSYO) consist of three ensembles representing nearly 200 of the region’s most talented young musicians. Through the youth orchestra program and its instrumental music instruction, the CSO fosters excellence while reinforcing 21st-century skills for these students. 

I had a fun, challenging first year!”
I wanted to push myself.
- CSYO members

CSYO seniors were accepted into 70 colleges/universities and scholarship monies totaled over $2 million

Project 440 (P440) is a national program that partners with youth orchestras around the country to provide young musicians with the building blocks to become musical ambassadors in their communities. This year, the CSYO Concert Orchestra (grades 7–12) experienced P440 for the first time.

P440 can help these young musicians learn how to communicate and share their passion with others in the community.
- Carol Dary Dunevant
CSO Instructional
Programs Manager



Nearly every week September through May finds CSO musicians traveling to schools around the region and presenting music to students of all ages. In 2016-17 CSO musicians, conductors and guest artists made 50 school visits, impacting more than 5,600 students, complementing classroom study through coaching and small ensemble performances.

 The woodwind quintet did a wonderful job! I love that they tried to incorporate the curriculum items in my classroom. - Musicians in Schools participating teacher


Many Cincinnati natives fondly recall Young People’s Concerts as their first experience with the Orchestra and Music Hall. This tradition carries on today, and in 2016-17, nearly 16,000 students poured into CSO educational concerts. The different concert programs are designed to be educational, interactive and entertaining. Each included an accompanying Teacher’s Guide with standard-based lesson plans across all subjects. The CSO's Music is the Ticket program ensured that over 52% of students received necessary financial assistance in order to attend.

Students attended Young People’s Concerts in 2016-17, with 52% receiving financial assistance from the Music is the Ticket program.


 Conductor Keitaro Harada was FANTASTIC! Parents and teachers have told me that our 4th graders cannot stop talking about the experience. - Young People’s Concert teacher attendee



The Orchestra launched the new Sound Discoveries School Residency program in the fall of 2016, and has been partnering with Hays-Porter Elementary to bring supplemental music instruction to students on a weekly basis. After the first year, classroom teachers have reported greater focus, excitement for learning, and stronger leadership qualities in participating students.

 Most of the students in this program had limited previous experience with music instruction before this class. In a very short time, they have learned rhythmic notation, made their own instruments, and have learned to apply mathematical principles to music and vice versa. I have also seen them come into their own, exploring with sound, improvising with rhythm, and engaging musically with one another. - Sound Discoveries Teaching Artist Liz Wu


The Orchestra’s Music Lab program has grown to engage both children and adults in trying different orchestral instruments with the assistance of dedicated volunteers. Music Lab is located in the lobby before select performances and at various events in the community.


The CSO has long collaborated with MYCincinnati, a daily after-school music program located in the Price Hill neighborhood. The CSO serves as an accessible resource to MYCincinnati through instrumental coaching and collaborative community performances in Price Hill and on the CSO stage. By supporting the needs of communitybased social change organizations, the CSO intends to help accelerate the impact of the arts in this Cincinnati neighborhood.