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Coastal Youth Orchestra auditions

Jul 12, 2019

BRUNSWICK — The Coastal Youth Orchestra (CYO), is announcing auditions for its 2019-2020 season! CYO was founded in 2001 to provide the best orchestral experience possible for young musicians living in Midcoast Maine. By promoting a supportive educational environment and a challenging yet nurturing atmosphere, our conductors provide an ideal place for young musicians to learn and grow.

CYO is conducted by violinist Nancy Roderick. She lives in Brunswick and teaches music at the Maine Coast Waldorf School. Roderick is well known for her enthusiasm and sensitivity in working with young string players.

In January, CYO was thrilled to begin rehearsing full time in Studzinksi Recital Hall at Bowdoin College. With the help and support of pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Beckwith Artist-In-Residence, Bowdoin music students have supported CYO’s string players in rehearsals. Next season, the hope is to have Bowdoin students in each regular rehearsal as well as, leading sectionals, coaching chamber music, a possible side-by-side event, and even working with students in mini lessons to support the ensemble and student’s musical growth. Lopez is a passionate musician and teacher. He coaches a string quartet of the orchestra’s more advanced instrumentalists.

CYO has two string ensembles. The Coastal String Ensemble is made up of intermediate and advanced string players, generally of middle school and high school age. The Fiddleheads is a younger string group made up of newer musicians.

Auditions will be held throughout the summer by appointment and also on Tuesday, August 27. Please contact Nancy Roderick at or 751-4718 to make an appointment or ask questions. The audition consists of a prepared scale, a short piece that best shows students’ musical abilities and a bit of sight-reading to ensure students are accurately placed in the correct ensemble.


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