The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Joins the Main Stage

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In May 31, 1978, teenage violinist and concertmaster Stacey Woolley performed alongside the pros at Music Hall. It was the first concert of its kind: The CSO invited its younger counterpart, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, to perform side-by-side for Music Hall’s centennial celebration.

This month, Woolley will perform in the CSO-CSYO joint concert again—now on the grown-up side of the fence. Ninety-nine potential members of our orchestral future will sit alongside him.

The side-by-side performance features the CSYO Philharmonic, the most advanced group, made up of some of the region’s most talented ninth- through 12th-graders and representing more than 30 high schools.

“I ask alumni about their most memorable experience,” says CSO Ensembles and Musician Training Coordinator Carol Dary Dunevant. “Most say these side-by-side concerts.” It’s not just the chance to perform, either; rehearsing with some of the world’s best musicians gives students the chance to ask questions, seek advice, and simply observe. Even the small details, like when someone clears a valve or how they watch their music, can make a big impact. “It’s a true mentorship,” Dunevant says.

April 26, 10:30 am, P&G Hall at Aronoff Center, cincinnatisymphony.org

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