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Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra Doubles Enrollment, Budget

Posted July 10, 2017 in Press Releases

NOYO seeks applicants for the 2017-2018 season

Elyria—July 10, 2017—The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra calls for area music students to audition for the 2017-2018 season. The auditions take place August 3 at Elyria High School and August 26 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Additionally, the Summer Symphony, Lorain County’s only weeklong string day camp for middle school-aged students (grades 4-9), is currently accepting applications for students ages 9-14 years old. The camp consists of daily musical instruction and team building activities at the Oberlin Conservatory School of Music from August 6-13 and concludes with an outreach concert.

For more information on auditions or the Summer Symphony including signing up, visit or email

“We are ecstatic with the upsurge in participation, and we’re very excited for more growth this coming season,” said Andrew Machamer, Executive and Artistic Director of NOYO. “We’re honored to be filling what was clearly a very real need in our community, and we’re hoping to see even more students audition and enroll this year.”

NOYO’s total student enrollment has grown from 70 to 170 over the past three seasons. The explosive growth in numbers has caused a significant budget increase, with tuition revenue topping $50,000 in the 2016-2017 season (compared to $23,000 in the 2014-2015 season). Additionally, ticket sales have drastically increased, and the concerts often draw crowds of 500 or more.

New Staff
As the organization has grown, staff changes continue to accommodate and reflect the quality and diversity of the different ensembles and programs. Most recently, NOYO welcomed Dr. David Pope as director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the organization’s flagship ensemble. Pope is the Orchestra Director at Elyria High School and Norwalk Middle School, the director of the Case Western Reserve University Camerata Orchestra, and a senior conductor and codirector of Florida State University’s Summer String Orchestra Camp.

"NOYO provides a capstone experience for any local string, woodwind, brass, or percussion player,” Pope said. “I’m excited to be coming on board during such an exciting time, and my goal is to stretch students' musical abilities by learning repertoire they would not usually program in their school programs."

Additionally, Katie Holaway has joined NOYO’s staff as director of the Amati Strings, an ensemble for grade school string players, and Dr. Andrew Machamer will continue as director of the Wind Symphony, Lorain County’s only extra-curricular ensemble for middle school band students. Both ensembles are now in their second year and are on track to double in size compared to the previous season.

New Ensembles and Opportunities
This year NOYO holds its first Composition Competition. NOYO students will be invited to submit an original composition to be performed by Oberlin Conservatory students at the Bop Stop in Cleveland in May 2018.

With the success of the previous additions to the ensemble roster, NOYO has announced a new composition- and improvisation-based chamber ensemble, NOYO Lab Group. Students will explore new ways of making music together and collaboratively compose a piece to be premiered at in May. Dr. Colin Holter, NOYO general manager, will direct the ensemble.

Finally, all NOYO students will perform the National Anthem at the Lake Erie Crushers game on Tuesday, August 22nd at Sprenger Stadium in Avon Lake

“With the additions to our staff and the fiscal stability ensured by recent growth trends, this season is shaping up to be NOYO’s best yet,” said Machamer. “We are excited to reach more students than ever and are constantly seeking new and exciting ways to serve our community.”


The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a regional orchestral training program for young musicians ages 8-18 based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. NOYO’s ensembles include the Amati Strings, Wind Symphony, Sinfonietta Strings, Rhythm & Brass, and Philharmonia Orchestra, all which perform several major concerts in world-class concert halls each season.

NOYO provides unique opportunities that go beyond performing the standard orchestral literature. Our students routinely premiere newly commissioned works, appear side by side with collegiate orchestras, and participate in large-scale multimedia collaborations with organizations such as the Ohio Dance Theatre, MAD Factory, Choral Spectrum, and Oberlin Choristers. In addition to producing innovative programs, NOYO’s musicians tour nationally and internationally to exchange musical and cultural ideas, form lifelong friendships, and expand their understanding of the broader world.

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