McHenry County Youth Orchestra

Mondays, September-May

Artistic Director/Conductor: Emanuele Andrizzi
Conductor: Keith Hulen
Conductor: Jillian Forbes

Join an ensemble. Have fun playing unique and challenging music. Read more about our three levels of orchestras for grades 5-12 in the FAQs section below!

Sign up for our June 5th Auditions!

Be a part of MCYO!

Auditions are competitive and open to string, woodwind, brass and percussion students. Certain sections may have limited space available.

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Sign up to audition on June 5th!

What is the cost to join MCYO?

Tuition is $495-$765 depending on the orchestra. Tuition covers 70% of the total cost to run the program. Donations, grants and ticket sales cover the rest. Extensive financial aid is available. Our goal is to make orchestra as accessible for all as possible.

Learn more about Financial Assistance

Upcoming Concerts

Concert Update – click “buy tickets” to receive your free link to the online video. Tickets are free for the March and May concerts. Donations are appreciated and encouraged.

Nov. 1 3:00pm YouTube Live MCYO Fall Concert: Extraordinary Diversity
Dec. 20 3:00pm YouTube Live MCYO Holiday Concert: Merry MCYO!
Mar. 21 4:00pm Virtual Ticket Required MCYO Winter Concert: Extraordinary Resilience Get Tickets
May 16 6:00pm Virtual Ticket Required MCYO Spring Concert: Extraordinary Hope Get Tickets

Frequently Asked Questions

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season will be held on June 5, 2021. Students may audition in person or over Zoom!

View Audition Requirements for each MCYO Orchestra

Schedule your June 5th audition today

MCYO is committed to providing you with exceptional music education and performance opportunities that build upon and fine-tune your skills in ensemble performance as well as expand and broaden your exposure to unique and challenging repertoire.

MCYO typically has four concerts: a Fall Concert in October, a Holiday Concert in December, a Winter Concert in March, and a Spring Concert in May.

Yes, need-based financial aid is available to all families and individuals. We believe that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

Learn more about Financial Assistance

  • Prelude: formal; black on bottom, white on top
  • Intermezzo: formal; black on bottom, white on top
  • Symphony: formal; all black or tuxedo

Retreat is the kick off event of our season! All orchestras participate in team-building activities, rehearse in sectionals as well as the large group, and have free time to meet their peers and hang out. The practice time provides a great foundation for the rest of the rehearsals. Retreats typically take place at a hotel or conference center with a pool, outdoor games, and lounge area.