Quincy Area Youth Orchestra

QAYOlogoThe Quincy Area Youth Orchestra joined QSOA in 1993. QAYO attracts junior and senior high school students from the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Starting in November, QAYO rehearses weekly during the school year, mostly on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

Tuition for the year is $60, with a discount for siblings. Tuition waivers are available for families with significant financial need. More detailed information may be found on the QAYO Brochure, or call 217-222-2856 or e-mail us at qsoa@adams.net.

Auditions were held October 16th from 3pm-7pm at Quincy Notre Dame High School.  Additional musicians are needed for the following sections:  oboe, bassoon, horn, viola, cello, string bass.  Late auditions for these instruments can be arranged by calling 217-222-2856 or emailing qsoa@adams.net.  Rehearsals begin on November 27, 2016.

Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

2016-17 Audition Materials

Please select audition materials by instrument below.  Each download is a PDF file.  Updated 8/26/16.

QAYO Downloads

2016-17 QAYO Application (PDF – Updated August 26, 2016)

2016-17 QAYO Schedule (PDF – Updated January 3, 2017)

QAYO Brochure (PDF)

2016 – 2017 Season Concert Dates


Sunday, February 12th, 2017 3:00pm
with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra

Dvorak          Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 1

Quincy Junior High School Morrison Theater
Corner of 14th & Maine Streets, Quincy, IL
$18 adults, $15 seniors, free for children 18 and under


Sunday, March 12, 2017 7:00pm

German          Three Dances from the Music to Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII”

Grieg               Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Elgar               “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations

Tchaikovsky   March Slav, Op. 31

Piazzolla         Libertango

The orchestra will perform a variety of works by master composers. Join the musicians afterward in the lobby for a meet-and-greet reception.

The Kroc Center
Corner of 5th & Vermont Streets, Quincy, IL
Admission free, Free-will donations encouraged