Intro and History

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Founded in 2002 as the Ridgefield Symphony Youth Orchestra, our organization provides talented young musicians in the regional Connecticut and New York areas with exceptional learning and performance opportunities, while fostering an awareness and appreciation of the enjoyment and power of music. Twenty-five young musicians were selected as members of the inaugural youth orchestra, which began weekly rehearsals in January 2003.  In the fall of 2005, the program grew to include a String Ensemble which allowed the organization to reach and nurture a broader range of musical talents and abilities. In August 2008, as part of our goal to establish greater recognition of the organization’s regional focus, we changed our name to the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra.  In 2010, the WCYO added a Wind Ensemble to our program offerings.  Together the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble currently consist of over ninety auditioned musicians ages ten to eighteen, hailing from over fifteen towns in Connecticut and New York.

Dedicated musicians are encouraged to audition for a position in our Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble or Wind Ensemble. Auditions are required for selection into our programs and are held by appointment in June of each year or on a select basis during the season.