Orchestra for Youth

in Western Colorado

The Valley Youth Orchestra is a board-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing a youth orchestra to Colorado’s Western Slope communities. Our mission is to inspire young string musicians in a nurturing environment with a focus on peer mentoring and musical excellence.

Nurture:  The VYO offers a multi-level approach to string orchestras so every musician at every level thrives.  All musicians are required to audition for level placement in orchestras.

Mentor: At our core, The VYO is committed to nurturing the talents of young musicians through mentorship.  Junior mentors are advanced student musicians who sit side-by-side with the young students to encourage and assist them in music making.

Inspire:  The VYO strives to provide a variety of musical genres for our members to play, from the classics to modern music.  Our desire is to ignite a passion for music to last a lifetime.  Many of our musicians have earned college scholarships in music, and continued to participate in community orchestras and ensembles.

The Valley Youth Orchestra is three string orchestras in one

Upcoming Concerts

The Valley Youth Orchestra is three string orchestras in one

The Concertina Orchestra

Comprised of students with a minimum of one year of private instruction and includes music mentors from the other two ensembles.

The Philharmonic Orchestra

Comprised of intermediate students with 2-4 years of private instruction and includes music mentors from the Chamber Orchestra.

The Symphonic Chamber Orchestra

Comprised of advanced students with typically 4+ years of private instruction.

The Valley Youth Orchestra has given me the chance to participate in an activity that I love with other music devotees. This has been a great gift to me in that it has taught me the value of group collaboration and helped me improve as an individual while contributing to a greater whole.

Kelly S.Age 10, VYO participant for 8 years.

VYO gives me a place to be myself as a musician. I have also learned to play well with others.

Maggie C.Age 13, VYO participant for 7 years.

I'm learning so many things and I'm having so much fun!

Zohar S.Age 12. VYO participant for 1 semester.

Music has been my life for a very long time. The orchestra has been a wonderful place for me to share it.

Anwen B.Age 16. VYO participant for 6 years.

Watch our concerts

Flash Mob at The Montrose Farmer’s Market!

4/30/22 Movie Music Matinee Concert
Chamber Orchestra “Captain America March” by Alan Silvestri, arr. O’Loughlin

3/12/22 Celtic Concert
Irish Whistle arr. Bob Phillips

Combined Orchestras December 2022

Thank you to our Sponsors

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