**Our remaining spring 2020 rehearsals and concert on April 17 have been cancelled related to the coronavirus pandemic.**  But please read on at the bottom of this page for a new opportunity to perform in a VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE in June!

The Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra has served young string musicians from Northfield MN and surrounding communities for more than twenty years.  CVYO has three orchestras who rehearse for 10 weeks at Emmaus Baptist Church, culminating in a final concert.  The first session starts in September and the second session usually in late January.

Our 2020-21 Season Schedule is TBD…

For more information or to contact us about auditions, please email us at:    info@cvyomn.org

CVYO is offering a Virtual Orchestra opportunity in June!

Please join us!  Registration due June 5th!

The Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra is offering a free Combined Virtual Orchestra Performance of “Pure Imagination” (from Willy Wonka) in June. Rehearsals will be led by our former Music Director, Ellen Hacker.  

Here’s a great example of what we want to create:

St. Olaf Orchestra virtual performance May 2020

Here’s one version of the piece we will be performing:

Pixar’s version of “Pure Imagination”

This piece has been arranged with 2-3 parts per instrument to accommodate adv. beginners, intermediate, and advanced string players. Students will be assigned a part upon registration and sent music, recording instructions, and a recording of their part to help with home practice. 

If your student is NOT a part of CVYO, we ask for a video of a 1 minute solo emailed to info@cvyomn.org along with your completion of the Registration Form so that we can determine what part to provide.  

The Registration Form asks for Private Teacher contact information so that they may help us by previewing your students’ recordings.


6/8, 6/15, 6/22 Mondays — Violin Day: 4:30 – 5p Violin III; 5 – 5:30p Violin II; 5:30 – 6p Violin I

6/9, 6/16, 6/23 Tuesdays — Bass Day: 4:30 – 5p Bass II; 5 – 5:30p Bass I

6/10, 6/17, 6/24 Wednesdays — Viola Day: 4:30 – 5p Viola II; 5 – 5:30p Viola I

6/11, 6/18, 6/25 Thursdays — Cello Day: 4:30 – 5p Cello II; 5 – 5:30p Cello I
Final video submissions due June 30. The GREAT CVYO VIDEO REVEAL will be in mid July.

Requirements for participating:

  • Current or former CVYO students… OR we welcome other local students (who have private string teachers, 2+ years of playing experience, and submit a 1 minute solo along with registration)
  • Access to two recording/audio devices (such as a phone, ipad, or laptop) and headphones/earbuds
  • A tech savvy student or a household member who can follow our detailed instructions on how to video record along with a click track
  • Attend rehearsals until video has been successfully submitted
  • Able to tune instrument (how to link: https://youtu.be/W0VsI6Gn9ug )


CVYO Virtual Performance Registration Form

This opportunity is free as an extension to our spring program which was cancelled early due to Cvd19.  However, we will gratefully accept donations of any amount here:

PayPal link to donate to CVYO     Donations received will help pay for technical video/audio assistance.