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Connecticut Youth Symphony

Auditions for the academic year are held annually in June. Call us at 860.768.4451 or email with questions.

Connecticut Youth Symphony Conductor"Stepping to the podium I eagerly anticipate the discovery of new insight into the masterworks of the orchestral repertoire. I embrace the time we have together in rehearsals and I rejoice in the performance; knowing that I have been part of the “chills” that have danced the spines of all the members of the Connecticut Youth Symphony! If you love music, and desire to make it on an artistic level; if you possess the drive and commitment to support your love of music, then I welcome you to experience the passion of CYS!"

— Daniel D'Addio, CYS Conductor

Listen to CYS

Immersed in a history of excellence, the Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) has been providing students an opportunity to study orchestral music intensively with like-minded musicians for almost 75 years. The Hartt School Training Orchestra was founded in 1938 by Rubin Segal and held its first concert in May 1939. The premier youth orchestra of The Hartt School Community Division has undergone numerous name changes including the Hartt Youth Orchestra (1955-1964), the Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra (1965-1989), and currently the Connecticut Youth Symphony. Throughout these name changes, the Connecticut Youth Symphony has retained its mission of providing students with high-quality orchestral performance opportunities.

CYS provides advanced, motivated musicians the opportunity to perform major symphonic masterworks, concerti, and contemporary works with students of similar ages and abilities. This ensemble has collaborated with professional guest artists and other area ensembles, including the Hartford Symphony. Each year CYS performs two major concerts, and hosts a concerto competition for Hartt School Community Division high school musicians. The ensemble is currently under the direction of Daniel D’Addio. Auditions for CYS are generally open to advanced high school instrumentalists; however, selection is based on level, not age.

Tuition (per year)* Rehearsal location Reherasal schedule
$174 for HCD students/$600 for non-HCD students Bliss Rehearsal Hall Sundays, 1−4 p.m.

*A $25 registration fee may apply.

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division at (860) 768-4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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