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Connecticut Youth Symphony

Full orchestra for advanced high-school students in grades 1012


Connecticut Youth Symphony rehearsal

Immersed in a history of excellence, the Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) has been providing students an opportunity to study orchestral music intensively for almost 75 years. The Hartt School Training Orchestra was founded in 1938 by Rubin Segal and held its first concert in May 1939. Today, Connecticut Youth Symphony retains its focus: to provide students with a high-quality orchestral experience.

CYS challenges motivated musicians through the detailed preparation and performance of symphonic masterworks, concerti, and contemporary works. This ensemble regularly collaborates with professional guest artists and ensembles, including the Hartford Symphony. Each year CYS performs three major concerts and hosts a concerto competition for Community Division students. Auditions for CYS are open to advanced high school instrumentalists in grades 10–12.

View the 201819 CYS handbook (PDF).

Tuition per yearRehearsal locationRehearsal schedule
$195 for HCD private-lesson students/$615 for othersBliss Music RoomSundays, 1−4 p.m.
A $25 registration fee may apply.


Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held annually in June. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).

Our Audition Festival page provides specific age/instrument appropriate guidance on the requirements. While you should consult with your teacher about appropriate repertoire, please feel free to contact us with questions about audition guidelines and expectations.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or