String Mentor Day: String players (from either CCYO or Encore Strings) have

a pizza party after Encore Strings rehearsal, then work side-by-side with 5th

grade beginning students. They help them learn note reading and good

technique. At the end of the session, they perform a piece so the younger kids

can see what they might sound like in another year or two!

Christmas Carols at the Kris Kringle Marketplace:​ We celebrate the holiday season with easy (but beautiful) carols at the Kris Kringle Marketplace event at the Charles County Fairgrounds, hosted by the Charles County Arts Alliance.

Fundraiser at Chick Fil-A: This is not only an opportunity to raise money for our

organization, but also a chance for students to play solos or small ensembles in

a stress free environment.


Masterclass: Students have the opportunity to play in a masterclass at least once a year. Previous masterclass clinicians have included Olivia Gutoff, the previous director the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, and Gregg Goodhart, a motivational teacher and speaker on using neuroscience to improve practice.  

Sectional rehearsals: Professional coaches lead each section in specific work on their parts. Challenging string parts are also demonstrated in video tutorials on this website. 

Arts Fest in La Plata: Strings play fiddle tunes, band plays their concert

pieces in a final public performance for the season.  

Additional Opportunities for members

In addition to weekly rehearsals and two main concerts, members of our ensembles have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

Fiddling at the Fair: ​String players (from either CCYO or Encore                                         Strings) perform fun fiddle tunes at the Charles County Fair!