Meet the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra

Westside Community & Youth Orchestra (WCYO) is a unique blend of approximately 65+ adult community players and youth musicians who join together for rehearsals and concerts from September through May in Washington County. In addition, WCYO is the only orchestra combining both the mentorship of seasoned adult musicians and up and coming youth musicians. Each musician is dedicated to performing together to the utmost of their ability while also continuing to evolve into better and better musicians. WCYO encourages leadership and mentoring on an individual level for all participating members.

Orchestral music is carefully researched and selected for each series by our Conductor/Artistic Director Collin Heade, with the Orchestra’s specific strengths and skills in mind. The carefully chosen pieces are a combination of orchestral and occasional choral classical pieces with everything from show tunes to movie themes to contemporary music designed to challenge our musicians and entertain our loyal audience. Music is researched and purchased and then provided at no charge to our members each series. There are no monetary fees to join WCYO and members bring their own instrument, along with the enthusiasm to collaborate with others, as we grow the music into a memorable experience for our patrons. We are also fortunate enough to rehearse at Liberty High School, using their state-of-the-art Band room and extensive collection of percussion instruments for optimum use of time and talent.

Originally named the Intel Orchestra and led by Rob Archibald to accompany the Intel Singers, the Orchestra coalesced into a larger group with logistics requiring more space and easier rehearsal space access. Rob Archibald was able to realize a long time aspiration by moving the ensemble from secured areas of Intel to Liberty High School in October 2007. This began WCYO’s journey in its new venue, as well as an innovative new blend of both adults and youth musicians in one artistic endeavor.

In normal, virus-free years, we are presently able to offer two free concerts per year, one as our Fall/Holiday Concert in December and the second as our Spring Concert in May. These concerts are free to the Hillsboro community and beyond, with family and friends being the majority of those in attendance. During each of our series, our weekly fast-paced rehearsals reflect intense preparation for upcoming concerts as we learn to collaborate, learn, and lead. In addition, we offer performance opportunities for WCYO musicians in smaller, classical chamber music ensembles which perform in the community and at schools. We presently have a Woodwind Quintet and a String Ensemble in String Quartet format. With incoming donations and grant awards, we have recently been able to offer resources for WCYO musicians wishing to take private lessons to precipitate personal artistic growth with WCYO and beyond. For more information, please contact our website at – Thank you!

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