COYO Audition and Membership FAQs

What is the due date for recommendation letters?

We prefer to receive your recommendation letters by the application deadline, however, they can be submitted separately and later by email to We must have them no later than Saturday, May 1, 2021.

What are auditions like?

For the 2021-22 season, all applicants, except percussionists, will receive detailed instructions on how to submit their videotaped audition. Percussion applicants will be scheduled for an in-person audition at Severance Music Center in May.

Do I need an accompaniment for my audition for the 21-22 season?

NO accompaniment, please.

What is the deadline for submitting my video taped audition?

Sunday, May 9th. All applicants will receive detailed instructions on how to upload their recording and provide us with a private YouTube link.

When are rehearsals?

Regular rehearsals take place on either Saturday or Sunday of each week. We hope to begin in-person rehearsals at Severance Hall in late August and conclude the season in May. Pandemic safety protocols are being taken into consideration. Accepted students will be updated as soon as possible.

What if I have to be absent from a rehearsal?

Each member is allowed 2 absences per concert cycle. Dress rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Who are the coaches that work with each section?

Members of The Cleveland Orchestra conduct weekly coaching sessions throughout the season. See this season's coaches here.

Does The Cleveland Orchestra and/or COYO have a concerto competition?

Yes, COYO has an annual concerto competition open to current members of COYO. The winner performs their entire concerto as part of COYO's third subscription concert. Finalists may also be chosen to perform as soloists with COYO and/or The Cleveland Orchestra in outreach and education concerts.

Does COYO have interaction with guest artists that perform with The Cleveland Orchestra?

Master classes or coachings are occasionally given to COYO members by guest soloists. Guest conductors also occasionally work with COYO.

What is the cost of tuition for COYO?

For the 2021-22 season, the tuition cost is $400. Need based financial assistance is available.

Does COYO Tour?

COYO toured to Boston and its surrounding areas in June 2009, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg in June 2012, and to China in June of 2015. COYO recently toured Europe in 2019, performing concerts in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Ideally, all current members will participate in the tour. Students are assessed fees for tours; these fees are in addition to tuition. View tour pictures and programs here!