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Congratulations to the many TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra
members who made it into Senior Regional Orchestra!


The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras provides a creative environment where young musicians from the Greater Washington DC area come together to rehearse and perform symphonic music lead by professional musicians/conductors. By providing an orchestral experience available to all students, the vision of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras is to become a musical voice that embraces the entire Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland communities The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras is the premier musical destinations for aspiring student musicians.

TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 - June 14, 2015


The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) Symphonic Orchestra is the premier orchestra of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras. Membership is reserved for outstanding players (up to age 18) who demonstrate exceptional musicianship, have attained advanced techniques on their instrument, and are capable of the discipline necessary to perform in a pre-professional full orchestral training experience. (Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion and Harp).

TCSYO's Symphonic Orchestra separates itself from other Youth Orchestras in the Washington D.C. area through their unique rehearsal configuration.  It alternates weeks of intense sectionals during the first half of the rehearsal, at which time the woodwinds, brass and percussion sections work with TCSYO Artistic Specialists. Not only will the artistic specialists teach the orchestral material, they will also form small chamber ensembles, teaching their students the intricacy of ensemble playing. The string students benefit from these sessions as well working with Violinist/Conductor Dr. Cheri Collins on ensemble playing techniques, left-hand fluency, and right-hand music making, giving students the opportunity to achieve a high level of musicianship over the shortest period of time.

Musicians have the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of challenging masterpieces from the standard symphonic repertoire, and perform at various concert halls throughout the year. 2015/16 Season's repertoire is available to view HERE.

Auditions are required and will be scheduled after a completed registration has been received.

TCSYO Chamber Orchestra performs Amadeus! From Symphony No. 25 Mozart - June 14, 2015


The Chamber Orchestra is The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) premier strings ensemble, and the most sought after musical destinations for aspiring young string students in the Greater Washington D.C. area..

TCSYO Chamber Orchestra is open to students ranging in age from 12 to 16 from both public and private schools who have had at least three years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level V and above. Artistic Music Director, Dr. Cheri Collins teaches a fun and enriching curriculum for string orchestra (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Harp). 2015/16 Season's repertoire is available for view HERE.

Dedicated professional musicians from the greater Washington, DC area will provide sectionals and share their expertise with students. Leadership skills will be fostered to encourage students to enhance their school strings program.

Auditions are required and will be scheduled after a completed registration has been received

The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras is proud to announce the creation of the
(strings ONLY), beginning in the 2015/16 Season.

TCSYO’s PRELUDE ORCHESTRA will provide predominantly elementary school-aged string students (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass), with their first exposure to high level orchestra training. Students who read music and have at least two years of playing experience on their instruments are encouraged to audition.

TCSYO’s PRELUDE ORCHESTRA season includes weekly rehearsals, sectionals and performances at local concert halls. The orchestra is designed to introduce and put into practice the foundations of orchestral playing. Students develop skills for ensemble playing, build their musical reading skills and technical development. Emphasis is placed on preparation, ensemble and practice proficiency.

Students will perform throughout the season for family, friends and the community. All musicians must pass an audition to be accepted to the PRELUDE ORCHESTRA. 

Auditions are required and will be scheduled after a completed registration has been received.


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