CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra provides training for young musicians in a professional symphony atmosphere. Led by Charlotte Symphony violinist Dr. Ernest Pereira, the Orchestra involves nearly 200 young musicians from over 60 schools in the Charlotte area.
More than 160 of the students received 25 hours of coaching with CSO musicians this spring. Training in a professional setting with the pros not only enhanced their development as young musicians, but also prepared them for a series of performances they've had this year.
Twenty-one seniors graduated from the Youth Orchestra in May, marking their final performance as Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians.
The Youth Orchestra played to a crowd of more than two-thousand on Sunday June 16th, presenting the prelude to the Charlotte Symphony’s “A Summer Pops Fantasia” concert at Symphony Park. They also had a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the nation's capitol, where they trained and performed with youth orchestras from other cities across the United States.
This morning on Larry's Look, four members of the CSYO were in our studios to talk about their experiences and the amount of time and dedication to music. The group also performed the theme from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean."