Since its founding in 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) has grown to provide musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE’s mission is to cultivate every student's artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while developing meaningful skills outside the arts.
CYE consists of two full orchestras, four string orchestras, three wind ensembles, three jazz ensembles, and one choir (in partnership with the Detroit Children's Choir), as well as several chamber ensembles and jazz combos. Led by dedicated and masterful music directors, each ensemble offers a unique opportunity for students at all skill levels seeking musical experiences beyond the classroom. CYE even provides students the chance to perform at historic Orchestra Hall and learn from Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
Auditions for the 2023-2024 Civic Youth Ensembles are closed, but we still accept new players year-round! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a recording. Click placement auditions to view sample audition materials from this past season.
View the 23-24 CYE Calendar.
CYE is proudly sponsored by the following funders:
Robert & Lucinda Clement Fund for Music Education
Jack, Evelyn, & Richard Cole Family Foundation
The Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Charles T. Harris & Laurie Lindemulder Harris
David & Sheri Jaffa
The Kellman Scholars
Deborah Miesel Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Glenda D. Price
Mr. & Mrs. David Provost
The Bea & Harry Shapiro Fund for Keyboard Education
Bill & Chris Shell
Dr. Larry Teal
Peter & Carol Walters
Ilene Wenner & Shari Morgan Scholarship
Paul Wingert Scholarship
Drs. David & Bernadine Wu
Burton A. Zipser & Sandra D. Zipser Foundation