QAYO 2019

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

The audition date will be Sunday afternoon, October 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at QND High School.  Call 217-222-2856 by October 4th for an appointment time.

Late auditions may be scheduled directly with Dr. Cangro by calling 309-298-3114.  All new and returning musicians must audition each year.


Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

2019-20 Audition Materials

Please select audition materials by instrument below.  Each download is a PDF file.  Updated September 2019.

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

QAYO Downloads

2019-20 QAYO Application (PDF – Updated September 2019)

2019-20 QAYO Schedule (PDF – Updated October 2019)

QAYO Brochure (PDF)

Richard Cangro with 2016-17 QAYO Seniors

2019 – 2020 Season Concert Dates


Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 7:00pm

Orchestra B&B

The worlds of band and ballet merge with orchestra for this creative performance.

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

The QAYO rehearsing side-by-side with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.