Cornelius Youth Orchestras

Cornelius Youth Orchestra
The Cornelius PARC Department is proud to sponsor the Cornelius Youth Orchestras' instrumental music program. This dynamic group meets on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Middle School) located at 11900 Bailey Road. For calendars and additional information visit the Cornelius Youth Orchestras.


CYO is seeking young musicians for its growing programs. Weekly rehearsals include a 30-minute sectional instruction session from qualified music instructors and 30 to 40 minutes of group orchestra rehearsal. Potential new members are invited to try out a few rehearsals for free before making a decision to join.

Youth Orchestra

The Youth Orchestra is available for young musicians with one or more years of music instruction and is intended as a beginning orchestra. program.

Jazz Ensemble

This program is offered to youth musicians with two or more years of music instruction; no prior jazz experience is necessary. The program is 45 minutes of jazz musical instruction and the opportunity for performance in a group setting. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m., which enables youth musicians to participate in both Jazz Ensemble and Youth Orchestra.  


The Cornelius Youth Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season. Those interested in becoming a member must have at least one year of playing experience. 

Space in each program is on a first come basis and is limited to the first 60 youth musicians enrolled in both orchestra programs. Tuition scholarships are available, so no youth musician will be turned away because of inability to pay. To register for the program or for more information, please contact Nanette Haraden, Program Director, at 704-576-7270, or visit Cornelius Youth Orchestras.