The Coastal Youth Orchestra (CYO) was founded in 2001 to provide the best orchestral experience possible for young musicians living in Midcoast Maine. By promoting a supportive educational environment and a challenging yet nurturing atmosphere, our conductors provide an ideal place for young musicians to learn and grow. The music chosen for each ensemble, and the environment in which it is taught, contribute to the positive social and musical experiences of our members. Each of our ensembles musicians is an important contributor to our musical community.
Rehearsals focus on what makes music a creative entity: tone, color, melody, harmony, form, rhythm, phrasing, dynamics, and texture. Understanding these individual elements and their interrelationships gives students a solid perception of music and in turn helps them experience music aesthetically.