Discover the joy of orchestra!
The Douglas County Youth Orchestra (DCYO) was founded by Loren and Jean Hinkle and Diane Penny in 1997, with just a handful of members. Now sponsored and managed by the Umpqua Symphony Association, DCYO has provided music education and performance experience for hundreds of students throughout Douglas County. Focusing on holistic music education, our small class sizes ensure that students receive individual instruction in addition to the full ensemble experience. Students study music theory, music history, ear training and sight reading in addition to proper instrument technique and maintenance.
DCYO is open to students ages eight and older with students ages six and seven admitted with prior musical experience and/or staff approval. Pre-registration begins mid-April with auditions and a parent meeting held in September. Auditions are for class placement only; DCYO is open to string players of all skill levels. DCYO welcomes any students with a desire to learn and play music. Full and partial scholarships are available for qualified students to cover registration and instrument rental fees. We also have a limited number of instruments available for rent.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays afternoons from September through May at the First United Methodist Church (1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg). Our four orchestra classes are led by well-qualified music educators, each with years of instruction in both music education and music performance. Students will be accepted into one or more of our classes: Level 1 (beginners), Level 2 (not-quite-beginners), Level 3 (intermediate), and Level 4 (advanced).