The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO)

Contact Us


Now accepting Audition Applications for the 2018-2019 Season
Audition Requirements HERE
Click HERE for Symphonic Orchestra Excerpts
Click HERE for Chamber Orchestra Excerpts
Click HERE for Percussion Ensemble Excerpts

The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras was invited by
Microsoft Corporation to perform at their
Microsoft INSPIRE 2017 International Convention at the
Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. July 11 & 12, 2017

TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra performs Hans Zimmer - Planet Earth II - July 12, 2017

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 a selection from Shostakovich Festival Overture November, 2017


The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is the premier orchestra of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras. Literature includes works with artistic challenges for the collegiate-level player and explores the rich and exciting repertoire.

Members of the SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA range in age from 14 to 18 and are chosen through competitive auditions held each spring.

The SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA separates itself from other youth orchestras in the Washington D.C. area through its unique rehearsal configuration. It alternates weeks of intense sectionals during the first half of the rehearsal, at which time the woodwind, brass and percussion sections work with TCSYO’s Artistic Specialists.

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. TCSYO’s distinct focus is on student learning and giving our musicians a commanding perception of orchestral ensemble playing.

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. 2016/17 Season's repertoire is available to view HERE.

TCSYO Chamber Orchestra performs a section of Piazzolla Libertango November, 2017


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 15 from both public and private schools who have had at least four 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) with a focus on music making, ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for future work in TCSYO’s. 2016/17 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.

TCSYO Prelude Orchestra performs Moiser - Blue Rythmica - March 12, 2017

TCSYO’s PRELUDE ORCHESTRA provide elementary and middle school string students with their first exposure to high level string orchestra training. Students must read music and have at least two years of private lessons on their instrument.

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 string orchestra playing. Students continuously work on ensemble playing, and specific bowing techniques, such as spiccato, martelé, hooked bowings and legato. All musicians must pass an audition to be accepted to the PRELUDE ORCHESTRA.

Home Orchestras Percussion Ensemble Listen to TCSYO Concerts & Events Contact Us Support UsMembers

© 2018 The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO). All Rights Reserved.