CSYO Camp

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte funds two camps for the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, a residential camp in the summer for the senior youth orchestra and a one-day camp in the fall for the junior youth orchestra.

The senior Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) season begins with the residential summer camp at Converse College that is developed and managed by the CSYO Conductor and Manager and is solely for the CSYO.  The youth musicians get extensive coaching from Charlotte Symphony musicians, and have full orchestra rehearsals.   In addition, the youth musicians have a chance to get to know each other as they come from 30 schools throughout the Charlotte region.  The CSYO performs its first public concert of their season on the last day of camp.

Established in 1972, this summer camp has been a project of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte and is financed through the Guild's fundraising projects. This camp is the only youth orchestra camp of its kind in the United States; and, in 1994, the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) selected the Guild to present this project at its national convention and recognized the Guild with an award.

The Junior Youth Orchestra (JYO) Mini-camp is an intensive one-day camp in which the students meet and work with their sectional coaches and have a full orchestra rehearsal. At the end of the day, the students, their parents and the staff enjoy a pot luck dinner. This event is hosted by the Symphony Guild and the CSYO Parents Association.