Civic Youth OrchestraThe Civic Youth Orchestra is a new orchestral ensemble for student musicians age 8–18. Managed by Avanti Music Academy in Highlands Ranch, the orchestra will offer several performances throughout the year, working closely with coaches from the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Repertoire will include selections taken from the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s 2017–2018 concert season programming. AP Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes is the Music Director of the CYO. Brian LaGuardia, Assistant to the AP Music Director, is the conductor of the ensemble.

Rehearsals are held at Avanti Music Academy (2030 E. County Line Road, #U, Highlands Ranch) on Sunday evenings. Learn more about the CYO at

Join the CYO! Auditions are held at Avanti Music Academy throughout the year. Please prepare an orchestral excerpt of your choice and a solo piece that shows us your best! Schedule an audition time by calling Avanti Music Academy at 720-287-5560.

CYO Side-by-Side“She had an awesome time. Holy moly, she is excited. She enjoyed that so much. She wants to be in your group when she gets older. She loved the sound quality, the discipline, the other musicians, and Devin’s conducting. Yes, she said the music was hard. But she can’t wait to have the opportunity to do that again. Can you give a special thank you to the bassoon player that helped her? And a thank you to all that made that happen for the CYO students. I have one very happy child.”
—CYO parent following a side-by-side rehearsal for CYO players with the full Arapahoe Philharmonic