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 will be held on October 8th from 3pm-7pm at Quincy Notre Dame High School.  Please call 217-222-2856 or email qsoa@adams.net to set up an audition time.  All new and returning musicians must audition each year. Rehearsals begin on October 22, 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 8/15/17)

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
TBA Young Artists Competition Winners
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

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