Contemporary Youth Orchestra
|Contemporary Youth Orchestra|
|Concert hall||Waetjen Auditorium|
|Principal conductor||Liza Grossman|
The Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the only youth orchestra in the United States dedicated to the study and performance of contemporary orchestral literature. The orchestra is in residence at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Founding Music Director Liza Grossman and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra are the recipients of awards including the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement and the Sunshine Award from Young Audiences for excellence in arts education.
As of 2014, they have performed over 200 world premieres, all with the composers present.
Each season, CYO commissions several new works, including a concerto that is performed by a local or nationally recognized soloist. They have included well-known artists including the award winning Pacifica Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra members, Mike Garson, Valerie Naranjo, turntabalist Grandmixer DXT and jazz trumpet player Joe Miller.
Music & Its Industry
Contemporary Youth Orchestra's annual series, 'Music And Its Industry' has been adding installments since 2007. The goal of this series is to expose the members to professional music industry experiences. CYO also performs educational outreach workshops as part of this program in which thousands of under-served area children participate.
|2007||Cartoons||Tunes for Toons|
|2010||Television||Don't Touch That Dial!|
|2011||Children's Music||Brush Your Teeth|
|2013||Singer/Songwriter||My Gift is My Song|
|2014||Branding||The Sound of Imagination|
|2015||Movie Scoring||The Sound of Fear|
Rock the Orchestra
They are well known for their collaboration with rock artists. The orchestra's annual series 'Rock the Orchestra' features a different performer or band every year. The orchestra will perform with Graham Nash on June 5, 2015.
|Year||Guest Artist||Show Title|
|2003||Graham Nash||Classical Nash|
|2004||Jon Anderson||Symphonic Song Cycle|
|2005||Pat Benatar||Fire Away|
|2006||Styx||One With Everything|
|2009||Donnie Iris & The Cruisers||Rock Fantastique|
|2010||Jon Anderson||State of Independence|
|2011||Jefferson Starship||Jefferson Starship & CYO|
|2012||Blame Sally||Pass The Buddha|
|2014||Ben Folds||Ben Folds & CYO|
Their concerts have been recorded and televised on HDNet, PBS, VH-1 Classic and Palladia. They can be heard on iTunes and seen on DVD and Blu-ray.
- Donald Rosenberg (8 June 2013). "Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra wins national award for adventurous programming". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 25 October 2013.