Thank you for visiting our website!  The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra is now in its 27th year, of helping young musicians discover the joy of music.  While CYSO is based in Annapolis, we currently have almost two hundred musicians from seven Maryland counties participating in our program.  CYSO has eight different ensembles, which allows us to accommodate the skills of beginning students through more advanced high school level musicians.

We pride ourselves in offering outstanding instruction from some of the best music educators in the area.  Several of our conductors are also professional performing musicians who bring their unique perspective and professional coaching to our students.  This instruction, along with the camaraderie of friends who share the same interest and love for music, makes the CYSO experience something that brings students back year after year.  We strive to develop our students both as musicians and people.

My own daughter is a perfect example of this.  She started in CYSO at a young age.  By the time she graduated from high school over two years ago, she had played in five different CYSO ensembles.  As part of her CYSO activities, she performed in St. Petersburg (Russia), the White House for Christmas, the State House in Annapolis, and numerous other venues, both in and out of state.  As a former CYSO musician, she also joined us on CYSOs tour of Ireland last summer.  She is now a junior music therapy major at Radford University.  What I can guarantee you, is many CYSO parents can tell similar stories.

Please explore our website, and read about our ensembles and conductors.  Im sure you will be impressed by what CYSO can offer.  If you have questions, please call our Executive Director, Ms. Linda Foss, at 443-758-3157, or contact us by e-mail at execdir@cysomusic.org.  We would very much like to hear from you.

Finally, CYSO is fortunate to have outstanding support from community sponsors, private donors, parents, and friends.  If you have a passion for music, and want to pass on this love of music to another generation, we have a place for you at CYSO.  We are always happy to welcome adults who are interested in community outreach and fundraising, or who would like to join our board of directors. 


Tom Eisinger

CYSO Board President


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