Today's Pops in Space concert will be performed as scheduled.


Student Musicians



There are two full orchestras in the CSYO program, the Philharmonic and the Concert Orchestra. Auditions are open to all instrumental music students in grades 7-12 who are in good standing with their school music programs and are prepared to commit to the CSYO rehearsal and concert scheduled. Questions about joining the CSYO program? Contact us at or 513.744.3350.

The third ensemble in the CSYO family is the Nouveau Chamber Players. This chamber ensemble provides an opportunity for talented young musicians from backgrounds that are under-represented in classical music to work on chamber music. It brings African American and Latino string musicians together to rehearse weekly and perform regularly throughout the region. Students interested in membership must audition for the CSYO program. For audition information please read 'How to Join the CSYO' from the drop down menu.





CSYO Philharmonic Orchestra (grades 9 – 12)

The Philharmonic is the most advanced youth ensemble offered by the Cincinnati Symphony. This group presents 4-5 concerts per season.  Students play full, unabridged symphonic repertoire from the classical canon, new commissions, and professional-level pops, theater, and film arrangements. The Philharmonic Orchestra rehearses on Sundays from 2-5pm at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. It is conducted by CSO Assistant Conductor Gene Chang.


German Masterworks

The CSYO Philharmonic season opens with works by Mendelssohn, Wagner and Richard Strauss. They were masters of orchestration, innovators in form, color and sound. The CSYO Philharmonic performs Mendelssohn's Symphony #5 "Reformation", Wanger's Overture to Die Meistersinger and Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 2 pm
Music Hall
Adults $10 Student/Child $5


From the soft ostinato of the snare drum in Ravel's Bolero to the frenzied, joyful climax of Symphony #5 by Tchaikovsky the CSYO Philharmonic displays a vivid range of orchestral colors. This concert will also feature the runner-up in the CSYO Concerto Competition.


Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 7 pm
Music Hall
Adults $10 Student/Child $5

CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 7:30pm
Music Hall

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 6 pm
Music Hall
Adults $10 Student/Child $5


CSYO Concert Orchestra (grades 7 – 12)

The Concert Orchestra is an advanced ensemble that presents 3 concerts per season. Students play full symphonic repertoire. The Concert Orchestra rehearses Monday evenings from 7-9:00 pm at Sycamore High School and is under the direction of Felipe Morales-Torres.


The CSYO Concert Orchestra opens their season with a musical journey through England and beyond. The afternoon begins with Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from Holt's The Planets. The program also includes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and closes with A London Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 3 pm
Matthews Auditorium at Princeton High School 

Tickets $5/single; $15 for Family Pack (4 tickets)


Join the CSYO Concert Orchestra in Music Hall for an afternoon of musical storytelling. The program includes Fanfare to Le Roi Lear by Debussy, Suite from Hansel & Gretel and selected movements of The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. This performance will also feature the winner of the CSYO Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 2 pm
Music Hall

Tickets $5/single $15 for Family Pack (4 tickets)