Covid-19 Updated: 6-21-2020
TCSYO is committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our rehearsals, performances, our musicians, staff and volunteers, and our entire community. We are also committed to ensuring that TCSYO as an institution can weather this turmoil, and will come out of it as the strong, respected music education organization that you all have helped to build.

For those of you planning to audition for the 2020/21 season, the application deadline has been extended until August 1st and the audition process will begin on August 19th. As we continue to honor expert recommendations about social distancing, TCSYO is offering three options for students to audition for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Option 1: Submit a Video, Option 2: Virtually using ZOOM and Option 3: Face to Face.

Discussions are well underway about the 2020/21 season. TCSYO is considering several back-up option plans just in case the schools remain closed, even partially. As of now, TCSYO is still planning to start the season on August 31, 2020. However, there are several creative, innovative options on the table, as back-up plans, designed to benefit all of our members in a safe and protective way and to ensure a seamless transition to start the 2020/21 season on time.










TCSYO

TCSYO Announces
Three Start-Up Scenarios
for the 2020-21 Season

2020/21 Brochure
Symphonic Orchestra Excerpts

Chamber Orchestra Excerpts
String Ensemble Excerpts

Auditions scheduled for August 19 - 22, 2020



Highlights from TCSYO Carnegie Hall performance on June 17, 2019


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 - Rimsky Korsakov-Russian Easter Overtures January 12, 2020

SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

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 classical masterpieces from the standard symphonic repertoire, and perform at various concert halls throughout the year.


TCSYO Percussion Ensemble: Sizzle - Nathan Daughtry - Dr. David Wolf: Director of Percussion 6-2-2019

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

TCSYO Percussion Ensemble is an advanced training program providing young percussionists a clear path to follow as they develop and improve their ensemble skills under the supervision of Director of Percussion, Dr. David Wolf.

Percussion Ensemble students provide percussion as needed for TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra in addition to practicing and performing in their own ensemble, where they focus on interesting and challenging percussion-only pieces.  


TCSYO Chamber Orchestra performs Norman Leyden Serenade for Strings movement IV 11--3-2019 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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 three years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level IV 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 ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for future work TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra.

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 String Ensemble performs Bob Phillips - Toucan Tango 11-3-2019

STRING ENSEMBLE

The String Ensemble is The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) newest ensemble, and was added in 2019 to bridge the gap in young string player's musical level between the Prelude and Chamber Orchestra.

TCSYO String Ensemble is open to students ranging in age from 10 to 13 from public, private and home schools who have had at least two years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level III and above. Ms. Diana Chou is the conductor and cellist, who has a gift for connecting with young Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass musicians. The String Ensemble will focus on ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for future participation in TCSYO Chamber Orchestra.

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 Blue Tango Leroy Anderson/Cerulli - Conductor: Mrs. Diana Chou

TCSYO’s PRELUDE ORCHESTRA is designed for students who have had limited orchestral experience (1 to 2 years) and who are working on mastering their reading ability. This ensemble builds solid, fundamental rhythmic and orchestral skills including improved sight-reading abilities, expanding first position and starting third position. Ms. Diana Chou, is the conductor and cellist, who has a gift for connecting with young musicians. Students need to have at least one year 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 into the Prelude Orchestra.

 
 
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