Our Ensembles

The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra is a regional youth orchestra program educating and inspiring young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities.

Youth Orchestra - COYO
The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra (COYO) is a full - symphonic experience inviting band and orchestral students seeking an enriched compliment to their musical studies. Admission to the youth orchestra is based upon a successful audition. Auditions are held twice each season. COYO is a level based ensemble, the average age is 15 years. More advanced youth orchestra musicians are encouraged to participate in chamber music activities and the annual concerto competition.

Junior Symphony - COJS
The Central Oregon Junior Symphony (COJS) is a beginner ensemble, welcoming younger-leveled players with one to two years experience. Basic note reading and rhythm recognition, as well as playing ability in C, D, G and F Major are required skills. No audition is required. New members are encouraged to attend annual Meet The Conductor events for level evaluation and placement.

Chamber Ensembles
The Brass Choir, Woodwind Quintet, and Armer String Quartet are chamber groups comprised of students in the youth orchestra and/or junior symphony. Each chamber group has a professional coach that works with the musicians and guides their efforts in learning about performing in small chamber ensembles. These ensembles rehearse meet outside of the regular COYO rehearsal schedule.