About Us

General Manager

Deonne Gray

Board of Directors

Fritz Bogott, Chair; Sarah Sword, Secretary; Elise Eslinger, Treasurer; Katherine Canon; Laura Geissler;  Natalie Kruger and Heather Olivier, Northfield School Liasons;  Mary Vanorny

History

CVYO was born after a one day workshop held in April of 1997 for students of music teachers in Northfield and surrounding rural communities. Interested parents initiated the orchestra as an enrichment experience for their children, modeling it after the youth orchestras that flourish in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Mankato and Rochester.

In addition to providing an enriched musical environment for experienced string players, CVYO is designed to give those students who would otherwise have no orchestral opportunities the chance to participate in such an activity with their local peer group.

CVYO was originally envisioned as a single orchestra, but due to the wide response of string players — often with widely varying ability levels — it was decided that two orchestras–Haydn and Mozart–could provide a better atmosphere for each student’s artistic growth and personal development. The Bach Orchestra was introduced for our most advanced players.

There are currently about fifty students from grades 4-12 who participate in CVYO. Members have included players from the communities of Northfield, Faribault, Cannon Falls, New Prague, Montgomery, Farmington, Red Wing, Lakeville, Hastings, Owatonna, Prior Lake, Randolph, Nerstrand, Kenyon, and Dundas.