Now in Our 6th Season
Check out our 2022 Winter Concert on YouTube here!
Established in September 2017, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s (CCOYO) mission is to provide a high-quality symphony orchestra experience for youth in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
Membership is open to all young orchestral musicians (all instruments) who play at an advanced level in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes Region. Read through the audition requirements and general information before contacting us to ensure you can meet the requirements for participation in the CCOYO. Thanks to all musicians who participated in our recent auditions!
Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 3:00pm | Ford Hall at Ithaca College
Holiday classics performed side-by-side with the CCO
Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 4:00pm | Ford Hall at Ithaca College
KENJI BUNCH: Supermaximum
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, Mvt 3
featuring CCOYO Concerto Competition Winner Crosby Woods
OTTO RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome
Saturday, June 10, 2023 | 4:00pm | Ford Hall at Ithaca College
W.A. MOZART: Abduction from the Seraglio
GEORGES HÜE: Fantasy for Flute
featuring CCOYO Concerto Competition Winner Keith McGill
NIKOLAi RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
The CCOYO rehearses on Sunday evenings from 7-9pm at Ithaca High School.
All CCOYO members must participate in their school music program unless none is available.
The cost for participation is $400 per year, payable in installments. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who demonstrate financial need.
2023-24 Season Auditions
Friday, May 19, 2023 (time and location TBD)
All strings (especially Viola & Cello), Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trombone, Piano/Keyboard, & Percussion
View audition guidelines here.
⋅ For the audition, each musician will prepare:
– Scales (see the guidelines for your instrument’s specific requirements)
– One or two short solo selections that contrast expressive, cantabile playing with fast, technical passagework.
The piece(s) must be equivalent to NYSSMA level 5/6.
– Students will be presented an unfamiliar orchestral excerpt in the audition room to play at sight.
⋅ Each audition will take 5-10 minutes.
⋅ Solo works are to be performed without piano accompaniment.
⋅ The audition committee will listen for musicality and expressiveness, tone quality, pulse and rhythm, technical ease and intonation.
Check back soon for our 2023-24 audition application!
The $20 application fee can be paid via check (mailed or in-person at the audition) or online.
- Pay by mail: Checks should be made payable to “Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.” In the memo field, please write “CCOYO Audition” and the musician’s name on your check before mailing it to: Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, 110 N. Tioga Street, Ste. 302, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCOYO Member Handbook
Already a member and need a copy of the handbook? Click here to view our 22-23 handbook.
Meet the CCOYO Conductor
Known throughout the Americas for her dynamic energy and passionate work with young musicians, conductor and violinist Kirsten Marshall is the Director of the Orchestral Program and violin faculty member of Ithaca Talent Education, as well as a Lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. Ms. Marshall received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with majors in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Ms. Marshall also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University, with an emphasis in strings. Her conducting studies were with David Einfeldt (Hartt School of Music), Carl Topilow and Louis Lane (CIM). She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.
Ms. Marshall has conducted the 2016, 2014, 2012 and 1998 Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the biennial Suzuki Association Conferences, as well as conducting the faculty orchestras for the youth piano soloist in both the 2008 and 2010 conferences. She has also been a featured conductor at Suzuki institutes and All-State festivals across the United States and New Zealand, including most recently Alabama and California All-State. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Marshall co-commissioned and premiered a new sonata for violin and piano by Robert Paterson.Her own work as a composer and arranger for string orchestras includes Capriccio dell’ombra and Osker’s Song. She has conducted and produced two premiere string orchestra pieces on a CD released by Ithaca Talent Education (Bach to the Future).
Ms. Marshall is an active violinist in the Ithaca area and is a member (David and Leslie Sagan chair) of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. She is frequently sought after as a string clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops across the United States. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging players at the highest level for riveting performances.
Youth Orchestra Staff
Kirsten Marshall, Conductor
Jeannette Marie Lewis, Operations Manager
Youth Orchestra Advisory Committee
Sarah Cummings, Chair and Treasurer
Paul Acosta, CCO Board Representative
David Kraskow, CCO Board Representative
Varya Siegel, Parent Representative
Jennifer Wansink, Parent Representative
Anna Cummings, Student Representative
Crosby Woods, Student Representative