Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra, Inc., is a program dedicated to teaching classical and symphonic music to children ages 5 to 19 in Citrus County, and surrounding communities. The orchestra admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students enrolled in its program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, policies, assistance, or other CYESO administered programs. The Citrus Youth Orchestra is focused on the learning of music for the development of intellect and character in children.
CYESO–Youth Orchestra is a music education program made possible through a partnership between CYESO and the the people of Citrus County to provide participating students with orchestral instruction and academic tutoring. CYESO is organized to become a haven for a countless number of young people; a center for joyful music making and eventually grow to serve hundreds of students in Citrus County. Each student in the CYESO program will benefit from a rich music curriculum that will create a caring, cooperative and fun community. Instruments and tuition will be provided to students without resources to the limit of community support. The instruments and the program are provided to all participating students as long as they uphold their contract to take care of the instrument, practice and participate in CYESO music programming and instruction. Instruction for beginning learners will entail 2 or 3 months of basic musicianship training before hands-on instruction on an instrument is begun. You are advised that the rigorous program and the number of staff members may be limited as the program is initially implemented; however, the qualifications of CYESO personnel will be uncompromised. CYESO embodies the core values of respect, responsibility, positive communication, and support.
The CYESO program will offer: • Orchestra, singing and percussion ensembles to qualifying students in accordance with age and capability. • Academic tutoring • Peer mentorship and leadership opportunities • Mentors and caring adults every step of the way. The Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that nurtured Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Each year, El Sistema provides a quarter million children with free musical instruments and music instruction so that they may play in youth orchestras throughout their country.