Join the WCYO

The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra is comprised of the three primary auditioned ensembles described below. Together the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble consist of nearly one hundred musicians ages ten to eighteen from over 20 towns in Connecticut and the neighboring New York area.  Dedicated musicians are encouraged to audition for a position in a WCYO ensemble. 

For more information on the WCYO, please visit wctyo.org


Symphony Orchestra
The WCYO Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra made up of advanced string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians ranging in age from 13 to 18 and performing challenging orchestral repertoire. The Symphony Orchestra frequently works with professional guest musicians and premiers original compositions. The WCYO Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra made up of advanced string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians ranging in age from 13 to 18 and performing challenging orchestral repertoire. The Symphony Orchestra frequently works with professional guest musicians and premiers original compositions.

String Ensemble
The WCYO String Ensemble is an intermediate string orchestra for advancing middle school and early high school musicians.  This group focuses on strengthening the various fundamentals of ensemble performance and comprehensive string instruction, and performs intermediate to advanced level traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Wind Ensemble
The WCYO Wind Ensemble is comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion advancing middle school and high school musicians.  This group focuses on strengthening the various fundamentals of ensemble performance and skill development, and performs both woodwind choir and concert band repertoire.