CSYO is open to instrumentalists in public, private, and home-school settings. CSYO musicians are generally in grades 7-12; however, younger students with exceptional talent and potential may be considered. Placement is based solely on skill level, not age or school grade.  Each member must be willing to demonstrate a high level of commitment and professional attitude.

Auditions are held in late fall each year. Returning members do not have to re-audition.  However, performance of appropriate excerpt is required for seat placement. New Members are required to audition.

Members of the CSYO represent the following 

Berkeley County

School District

Berkeley High School
Berkeley Center for the Arts 
Cane Bay High School 
Daniel Island School
Goose Creek High School 
Hanahan High School
Stratford High School 


Charleston County

School District

Academic Magnet High School

Cario Middle School

James Island Charter High School
School of the Arts
Wando High School

West Ashley High School

Dorchester Two 
School District

Ashley Ridge High School 
Ft Dorchester High School
Summerville High School 

Dorchester Four 
School District

Woodland High School 

Private Schools 

Ashley Hall 
Bishop England
Charleston Catholic School 
University School of the


Homeschools from throughout 
the Lowcountry 

Participating Schools and Districts

Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra