Our Mission

The Cuban American Youth Orchestra (CAYO) believes in the potential of arts diplomacy. CAYO provides a professional-level musical and educational experience in which Cuban and American youth can turn to each other with honest curiosity and a true desire for mutual learning. CAYO seeks to leave a musical imprint on the hearts of our musicians, staff and audience, cultivating a spirit of goodwill and hope for our mutual futures.

Purpose

The Cuban American Youth Orchestra (CAYO) believes in the potential of arts diplomacy. CAYO provides a professional-level musical and educational experience in which Cuban and American youth can turn to each other with honest curiosity and a true desire for mutual learning. CAYO seeks to leave a musical imprint on the hearts of our musicians, staff and audience, cultivating a spirit of goodwill and hope for our mutual futures.

CAYO uses the powerful medium of musical expression to connect Cuban and American youth with their audiences and with each other.

CAYO introduces students from diverse backgrounds to a professional-level education in orchestral and chamber performance.

CAYO offers a people-to-people cultural enrichment opportunity for the young students who will shape the futures of our respective countries.