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The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra serves the young musicians of Lorain County and beyond.

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The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra provides exceptional musical education through a variety of performance opportunities for young musicians of all backgrounds in an inclusive community of learning and growth.


The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra will be a national model for providing innovative music education while fostering growth and a sense of belonging in every young musician.


  • Learning and Creativity: To instill a love for continuous learning and creative expression.
  • Access and Inclusion: To make high quality music education available to students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Teamwork and Community: To inspire friendship and collaboration among our musicians; to work in partnership with music educators throughout the region.
  • Quality and Dedication: To honor our tradition, the music, and our students.

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