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.
Since their founding in 1995, they have performed over 1000 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 Richard King (horn), Mark-Kay Fink (piccolo), Richard Weiss (cello), Jack Sutte (trumpet), Steve Witser (trombone),Max Dimoff (bass), Lynne Ramsey (viola), Daniel Gilbert (clarinet), Mike Garson (David Bowie), Valerie Naranjo, and Donna Lee.
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 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|
|2016||Video Game Soundtracks||Power Up!|
|2017||Pee-wee's Big Holiday||Full Feature Film|
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.
|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|
|2016||Tommy Shaw||Sing for the Day!|
Alternative Press Music Awards
In 2014, CYO became the official orchestra of the Alternative Press Music Awards. The orchestra performed entrance and exit music for award winners and presenters, as well as performed with twenty one pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Brendon Urie, and others.
In 2015, the group performed at the award ceremony taking place at Quicken Loans Arena and have added an 8-day education workshop called APeak in partnership with Alternative Press.
- Donald Rosenberg (8 June 2013). "Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra wins national award for adventurous programming". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 25 October 2013.