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Time to get your orchestra on

Thirteen-year-old Castle Pines resident Maiya Upton is an active participant with DCYO.

Long time musician and conductor Thomas Blomster helps lead 35 young musicians at DCYO.

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Julia Brochey

Do you have a young orchestra musician looking to expand their horizons?  Douglas County Youth Orchestra (DCYO) may be just the thing.  DCYO founded in 2003 is holding its first rehearsal of the season on Saturday, September 12 at Christ’s Episcopal Church, 615 4th Street, Castle Rock at 9:30 a.m.

Currently 35 students strong, DCYO does not hold auditions.  It offers open rehearsals and gladly accepts kids who are active in their school’s orchestra or band programs.  Conductors of the orchestra include Thomas Blomster and Rebecca Meining.  In addition to DCYO, Blomster is currently the music director of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies (Fort Collins), as well as a percussionist with the Denver Municipal Band.

DCYO performs for various audiences throughout the year, including retirement communities. DCYO is also happy to have volunteers and can provide necessary volunteer hours for teens.

Thirteen-year-old Castle Pines resident musician Maiya Upton has been playing music for six years including four

years on the cello.  Upton, a Rocky Heights Middle School student, said, “What I enjoy about DCYO is the challenging but entertaining music, as well as the kind people and supportive directors.”  To learn more,



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