Auditions, Two Online Concerts Monthly Student Performance Labs, Monthly Master Classes

News Release, Charles County Youth Orchestra

Auditions for all Charles County Youth Orchestra ensembles are now open and the CCYO is anticipating a very exciting and busy fall season.

Students will perform two online concerts. The first one, scheduled for release on October 23 will feature space-themed music in honor of NASA’s 2020 Perseverance mission to Mars. The second concert, scheduled for release on December 11, will have feature music with joyous winter and holiday themes.

In addition to rehearsing and performing these concerts, students will have the opportunity to attend three Masterclasses with distinguished musicians and participate in monthly online Performance Labs where they will learn about topics such as efficient and effective practice habits, preparing for a performance, and dealing with performance anxiety.

Information about auditions and details about the season can be found at

Previous online performances can be heard at County-Youth-Orchestra-Encore-Strings-and-Band-Prelude-Strings-142487455794668/.

The Charles County Youth Orchestra is one of the largest youth organizations in Southern Maryland providing music education and performance opportunities for talented young musicians in Charles County, Prince Georges County, St. Mary’s County, and Calvert County.

CCYO serves more than 100 students total each year and our organization consists of four ensembles: Prelude Strings, Encore Strings, Encore Band, and the CCYO.

The Charles County Youth Orchestra is sponsored in part by grants from the Charles County Arts Alliance, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Rotary Club of La Plata, MD, and the Knights of Columbus of Accokeek, MD. Other major contributors include Potters Violins, Gailes Violin Shop, Bullock’s Piano Salon East, and the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center of La Plata.