“First of all, I listen to music. I like music.” ~György Ligeti

CYO offers two ensembles, serving beginner musicians through more advanced players, through high school.

The two ensembles groups perform in the annual Winter Concert and Spring Concert.

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The Fiddleheads is a beginning strings ensemble recommended to younger students age 6-10 who are new to the violin, cello, viola or bass. This group is conducted by Nancy Roderick who is well known for her enthusiasm the sensitivity while working with young string players, and for her dedication to music education. The Fiddleheads rehearse on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45PM in the Mt. Ararat High School chorus room.

Coastal String Ensemble

The Coastal String Ensemble is a more advanced string ensemble open to string players age 11 and up. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15PM in the Mt. Ararat High School chorus room, and is also conducted by Nancy Roderick.

Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble musicians will be selected from among the Coastal String Ensemble. This group will explore a more challenging repertoire. It meets on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:15PM. Musicians will rehearse with the Chamber Ensemble and then immediately join the Coastal String Ensemble rehearsal.