Contemporary Youth Orchestra

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Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Short name CYO
Location Cleveland, Ohio
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.[1] 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.

CYO has collaborated with many composers including Joan Tower, Steve and Julie Bernstein, Jaz Coleman, Bernard Rands, Dmitri Tymoczko, Mark Mothersbaugh.

Music & Its Industry[edit]

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.

Year Industry Title
2007 Cartoons Tunes for Toons
2008 Film Movie Night
2009 Live Performance Broadway!
2010 Television Don't Touch That Dial!
2011 Children's Music Brush Your Teeth
2012 Animation Cartunestra
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[edit]

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
2007 Various Kashmir
2008 Various Farandole
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
2013 Bootsy Collins PsychoticBumpSchool
2014 Ben Folds Ben Folds & CYO
2015 Graham Nash GNASH
2016 Tommy Shaw Sing for the Day!
2017 Melissa Etheridge Pulse

Their concerts have been recorded and televised on AXS TV, PBS, VH-1 Classic and Palladia. They can be heard on iTunes and seen on DVD and Blu-ray.

Alternative Press Music Awards[edit]

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.

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