Music City Youth Orchestra

Nashville's Eclectic Youth Orchestra


Music City Youth Orchestra

Music City Youth Orchestra, now in its eighth season, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a dynamic atmosphere for student musicians in Middle Tennessee to explore a diverse repertoire for string orchestra.

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Founded by Walter Bitner, Tracy Silverman, and ten students in June 2007, MCYO now serves students in both middle school and high school with a string orchestra and a growing chamber music program. MCYO’s musicians represent a broad array of backgrounds from across the metropolitan Nashville area; our current enrollment includes students grades 6–12 from seventeen different public and private schools as well as students from homeschooling families. Our students include some of the most talented and accomplished young string musicians in Tennessee. Many have won honors for their musicianship including acceptance to and leadership at Tennessee Mid-State and All-State Orchestras, String Crossings at Belmont University, and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

Hallmarks of our program include a high-energy, joyful atmosphere for music-making and an eclectic approach to programming that includes classical masterworks, jazz and rock standards, and traditional music from around the world. During our first seven seasons MCYO performed concerts at The Belcourt Theatre, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and Centennial Park. The orchestra also had the rare opportunity to record at the prestigious Ocean Way Studios on Nashville’s Music Row.

Our 2014-2015 season continues to feature performances throughout Nashville. For upcoming events please visit the Announcements page of this website.

Welcome to MCYO: Nashville’s Eclectic Youth Orchestra.