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The Carolina Youth Orchestra Summer Festival provides young orchestral musicians in the greater Charlotte region an opportunity to learn and grow their skills and abilities in a unique three-day clinic hosted at Davidson College. The festival is a collaborative effort between the Davidson College Music Department and regional community youth orchestras. Students will be given the opportunity to experience daily life on campus at Davidson while learning from the CYOSF’s world-class music faculty, featuring Tara Villa Keith, director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Davidson College Music Department and Christopher James Lees, resident conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The festival will conclude with a concert at Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall on Saturday, August 3 at 3:00pm.

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TARA VILLA KEITH

Professor, Orchestra Director, Chair of Music
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

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CHRISTOPHER JAMES LEES

resident conductor
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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ERIC BORUFF

music director
Cornelius Youth Orchestras

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SAMUEL SPARROW

clarinet
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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ELIZABETH SULLIVAN

Professor of Oboe
UNC Charlotte

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AMY ORSINGER WHITEHEAD

flute
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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ALEX WILBORN

principal trumpet
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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ANDREW FIEROVA

horn
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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TOM BURGE

trombone
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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JULIA FIEROVA

artistic faculty
Cornelius Youth Orchestras

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LIZ BURNS

cello, executive director
Youth Orchestras of Charlotte

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STEPHANIE WILSON

principal timpani
Fayetteville Symphony

additional faculty announcements coming soon!

The Carolina Youth Orchestra Summer Festival will take place August 1-3, 2024 on the campus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Participation is open to students with a minimum of one year playing experience. Registrations from students aged 9 to 20 are accepted. Due to the great response we have seen from local students, more spots have been added and the deadline for registration has been extended until July 1, 2024. Limited number of spots available, so don’t wait to register! 

AUDITIONS

All students will be required to submit an audition video so that our team can assess their placement. We are looking forward to hearing your audition soon. Below are instructions for submitting your audition video:

– Strings/Woodwinds/Brass: Prepare audition video including 3 major or minor scales of your choosing and 2 contrasting pieces.

– Percussion: Audition requirements mirror SCDBA All Distract Band. Click here to view.

SCHEDULE

Drop offs will begin at 8:00am daily and student pick up will begin daily at 5:30pm. Students will participate in a variety of classes, sectionals, and rehearsals from 9:00am to 5:00pm with a break for lunch. Lunch is included for all three days.

TUITION

Tuition for the full three-day festival is $200 per student. Limited number of needs-based financial scholarships available. Please contact info@cyosf.com for more information.

LOCATION

CYOSF will take place on the beautiful campus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Classes, sectionals, and rehearsals will take place in the Sloan Music Center on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2, with dress rehearsals and concert being hosted at the Duke Family Performance Hall on Saturday.

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SLOAN MUSIC CENTER

323 Concord Rd
Davidson, NC 28036

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DUKE FAMILY PERFORMANCE HALL

207 Faculty Dr
Davidson, NC 28036