Founded in 2010 by Dr. Cheri Collins and her husband, Mr. Michael Czuczor, The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) represents all that is possible when we believe, dream, and give the gift of music. More importantly, TCSYO is proof of what is possible when we all work as a team.
TCSYO is a true youth orchestra, not a college or post-college age group. It includes students ranging in age from 6 to 18, from both public and private schools. The diversity of students is a strong reflection of the contemporary area we live in. Our young musicians all have in common a love for music and a willingness to spend their Monday or Tuesday evenings rehearsing together. These students make important friendships and discover a passion for music that continues whether or not they pursue an instrumental career.
We provide a creative environment where young musicians from the Greater Washington DC area come together to rehearse and perform symphonic music led by professional musicians/conductors. By providing an orchestral experience available to all students, the vision of TCSYO is to become a musical voice that embraces Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland communities.
TCSYO features four Orchestras at varying abilities, offering a place for all musicians. Prelude, String Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra are Strings only (violin, viola, cello, and bass). Symphonic Orchestra is our Full Orchestra and includes harp, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Percussionists also have the opportunity to be a member of our Percussion Ensemble.
Dr. Cheri Collins and the Symphonic Orchestra
Microsoft 2017 Inspire Convention, Verizon Center in D.C.
We also offer a Chamber Music program for students in String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra. Chamber music is a form of classical music composed for a small group of musicians, each with their own part to play. These students meet for an hour before their orchestra rehearsal and receive coachings from professional musicians.