Calling all musicians: Join the Outer Banks Community Orchestra

Calling all musicians: Join the Outer Banks Community Orchestra

March 15th, 2023

Have a dormant musical talent? Want to dust off your clarinet, flute, cello, trumpet or other instrument and see if you can still play it? Well this may be the right time and place to bring back the music.

The Dare County Youth Orchestra is a non-profit founded as a financial supporter and active partner in Dare County Schools string orchestra program.

They are supported in part by grants from community organizations, donations and gifts. DCYO has supported string orchestra classes in our secondary schools since 2008, and in 2015 formed String Clubs in our elementary schools. There are currently well over 170 students participating in DCS orchestra programs, from Kitty Hawk to Manteo to Hatteras.

The Dare County Youth Orchestra is now excited to sponsor a community orchestra for all ages and wants to hear from you. Donna Trivette, chair of DCYO shared insight on the new ensemble.

“Although our primary focus has been to bring string orchestra instruction into Dare County School, we feel music is a lifelong activity,” Trivette said. “We’ve heard for years from people interested in starting a community orchestra and the time seems right to do our part to make this happen.”

Organizer Leslie Erickson, a teacher in Dare County Schools and founding member of DCYO encourages anyone with prior experience to feel welcomed into the group.

“I myself want to play my instrument more,” Erickson said. “The Outer Banks community always surprises us with talent in all kinds of places. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t played in a while, we’re just planning to get started and see what’s possible. It’s an exciting venture!”

DCYO’s Outer Banks Community Orchestra will have their first rehearsal on March 27, 6pm at St. Andrews by the Sea in Nags Head. There are no auditions or fees to participate. They invite people interested in participating in this amateur volunteer ensemble to complete an online form so organizers can better prepare for the launch by going to:

For more information, please contact Leslie Erickson, DCS and DCYO teacher who is organizing the group:

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