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What is an Orchestra?

"An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself.  Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement.

And what does the experience of agreement mean? Team practice - the practice of the group that recognizes itself as interdependent, where everyone is responsible for others and the others are responsible for oneself.  Agree on what?  To create beauty." 
--  Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu,  "the maestro who's transformed the lives of tens of thousands of kids.. through classical music"   

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Our Vision and Mission:

The Lake Norman Youth Orchestra (“LKNYO”) is a music organization inspired by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu and the concept that music is for everyone, and especially for every child

The LKNYO is dedicated to providing cultural enrichment, musical instruction and performance opportunities for community youth through a unique and independent orchestral program.  The LKNYO  provides instrumental music instruction and group performance opportunities, intended as a supplement to school and/or private instruction.  The   program includes sectional instruction from qualified music instructors, and group orchestral rehearsals on a weekly basis, culminating in community performances.  Membership is open to all area youth ages 6 - 18 with two years or more of music experience.
If you are interested in becoming part of this vision, please let us know.   Email us at

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