QAYO 2019

Quincy Area Youth Orchestra


The 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 [email protected]


Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor


Courage & Spirit Concert

The QAYO will join the QSO side-by-side for Florence Price’s “Dances in the Canebrakes” arranged by William Grant Still.
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 3:00pm
QJHS Morrison Theater
$15 Seniors, $18 other adults. Children under 18 admitted free.

Spring Concert

The progression and quality of our young musicians is showcased every year at a spring concert.
Sunday, March 27, 2022 7:00pm
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Admission is free – donations to the QAYO are encouraged.


Late auditions are being accepted for limited vacancies.

All musicians must audition each year for the QAYO.  Auditions will be done virtually by submitting a video link to Dr. Cangro. Audition requirements are specified in the “QAYO Auditions Instructions” document below. The initial audition deadline has passed. Late auditions are being accepted to fill a small number of remaining vacancies. Contact Dr. Richard Cangro [email protected] regarding remaining openings.

Registration:  Students will submit a Registration Form and tuition payment after being accepted into the ensemble.

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

QAYO Downloads

QAYO Brochure (PDF – Updated 9/24/21)

Richard Cangro with 2016-17 QAYO Seniors

The Quincy Area Youth Chorus is funded in part by Encore! Symphony Volunteer Council, the Michelmann Foundation, the Tracy Family Foundation, the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund, Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund, and Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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

More Information

QAYO Audition Instructions (PDF – Updated 11/02/21)

QAYO 2021-22 Season Schedule for Musicians (PDF – Updated 11/02/21)

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