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.

Civic Youth Ensembles 2021-2022 Season Auditions are now live!

For more information, see "Placement Auditions" below.

CYE is proudly sponsored by the following funders:

  • Robert & Lucina Clement Fund for Music Education
  • Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation
  • FCA Foundation
  • Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Ms. Deborah Miesel
  • Shari & Craig Morgan
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Dr. Glenda Price
  • Martie & Bob Sachs
  • Kellman & Associates LLC and Betsy and Joel Kellman

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