2019-2020 Class Schedule
Beginning Sunday, September 15, 2019, the CSYO group meets at the Conroe Symphony Centre building, 1500 N. Frazier, Conroe, from 4pm to 5:30pm.
About the CSYO
The purpose of the Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is to offer young musicians in the Montgomery County area music instruction that is challenging, fun, and affordable. The CSYO welcomes members from all area school districts and home-school students who play the violin, viola, cello, bass, or flute.
Students are expected to supply their own instruments for all CSYO programs. Instruments may be rented or purchased from local music retailers.
Ensembles and Placement
The Conroe Youth Symphony Orchestra program offers an ensemble for musicians in elementary through high school. Placement in ensembles is based on playing ability, not age. There is no formal audition, however, students will be asked to demonstrate their abilities for placement purposes.
Alfredo “Freddy” Olivera de la Vega
Hailing from Argentina, Freddy has been studying music since he was twelve years of age, participating in classical guitar duets, rock band, violin ensembles, symphony orchestras and performing a variety of music styles (rock & roll, heavy metal, blues, Celtic, country, folk, and of course, classical) on various instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, classical and electric guitar, piano). He came to Texas in 2002 and has since been composing, teaching and performing tirelessly.
Mrs. Harris is Principal Flutist with the CSO and has served as the Symphony Music Librarian and Orchestra Operations Manager for 18 years. She was a charter member of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Harris is a graduate of Conroe High School, where she was a member of the Conroe Tiger Band. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, with a minor in computer science, from Sam Houston State University. She is a private flute instructor and she works full time as a 911 operator/shift supervisor in Walker County.
Nancy Johnson is beginning her eighth year with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra as Administrative Assistant and currently serving as Friends of the Symphony Treasurer (volunteer division). Other Boards she previously served on or currently serving on include Friends of Conroe, Sounds of Texas Music Series, Conroe Live Inc, and Conroe Downtown Area Association and has volunteered countless hours working with Non-Profit Organizations.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for the 2019-2020 CSYO is $300 for the full season or $150 for each semester. Payment Plans are available. Accepted forms of payment include cash, checks, money orders, VISA and MasterCard.
The Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra strives to include all young musicians wanting to achieve higher musicianship regardless of their financial situation. Because of this, we offer assistance to those in need. Anyone wishing to apply for aid will be asked to fill out a financial aid packet and provide a copy of their most recent Federal Income Tax Return.
For more information about the Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra, please contact: [email protected]
How to Register
The registration process for the CSYO is “low-tech.” Students will need to fill out the registration form and pay the tuition (cash, check, or credit card). This can be done in-person or by calling or emailing the CSO office: 936-760-2144 or [email protected].