QAYO 2018

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 7 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. Rehearsals begin on November 18, 2018.

Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

2018-19 Audition Materials

Please select audition materials by instrument below.  Each download is a PDF file.  Updated August 2018.

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

QAYO Downloads

2018-19 QAYO Application (PDF – Updated August 2018)

2018-19 QAYO Schedule (PDF – Updated September 2018)

QAYO Brochure (PDF)

Richard Cangro with 2016-17 QAYO Seniors

2018 – 2019 Season Concert Dates


Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 7:00pm

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

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