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. 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 on October 8th.  Late auditions may be scheduled directly with Dr. Cangro by calling 309-298-3114.  All new and returning musicians must audition each year. Rehearsals begin on November 11, 2017.

Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

2017-18 Audition Materials

Please select audition materials by instrument below.  Each download is a PDF file.  Updated 9/4/17.

QAYO musicians participated in the Heart of Illinois Youth Orchestra Festival in June 2017

QAYO Downloads

2017-18 QAYO Application (PDF – Updated 9/4/17)

2017-18 QAYO Schedule (PDF – Updated 2/14/18)

2017 QAYO Brochure (PDF)

Richard Cangro with 2016-17 QAYO Seniors

2017 – 2018 Season Concert Dates


Sunday, February 11th, 2018 3:00pm
with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius Finlandia

Lyric Suite, Op. 54


Violin Concerto, Op. 48

Sibelius Symphony 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


QAYO musicians make new friends and learn great music!

Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:00pm

Strauss Blue Danube by Strauss
Rimsky Korsakov Dance of the Tumblers
Ginestera Danza Final
Arnold Four Scottish Dances
Bullock Italian Folk Festival
Stravinksky Berceuse & Finale from Firebird

The concert will feature dance music written for orchestra from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Russia, Scotland and France.  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