Cape Symphony Principal Clarinetist Tapped to Lead Cape Youth Orchestra

Mark Miller, Conductor of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, to Conduct CYO For Cape Conservatory
Mark Miller conducting Repertory Orchestra, an ensemble of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. This September, Miller takes the reins as conductor of the Cape Youth Orchestra. (Photo by Michael J. Luctch)

West Barnstable, MA -  The Cape Youth Orchestra will kick off the 2019-20 season with a new conductor and a new direction.-

Initially formed in 2013, the Cape Youth Orchestra (CYO) program has become a unique, foundational program following students from initial musical interest, through skill and technical training with accomplished professional musicians as mentors.

The Cape Conservatory is excited to announce Mark Miller will take the reins as Music Director and Conductor this season. Miller has been with the nationally-acclaimed Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for over 30 years in various roles, and will remain conductor of their Repertory Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinetist of the Cape Symphony.

“We are building an incredible foundation for young musicians here at the Conservatory with a continuum of orchestra and ensemble training, guiding them from first picking up an instrument to developing strong technique and musicianship,” said Miller.     

Three sequential string ensembles (Primary Strings for kindergarten through 3rd grade; Debut Strings for grades 3rd through 5th and Repertory Strings for grades 6 through 9) lead students directly into the Cape Youth Orchestra, which is composed of young musicians from throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Under the direction of Miller, the Cape Youth Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra made up of musicians of intermediate to advanced technical and musical ability. Members receive group and individual coaching, which enables them to advance their technique and musicianship while developing friendships and life-long memories.

“Cape Youth Orchestra students are expected to participate in their school music program, with the CYO program enriching their training. We hope to foster a commitment to excellence and a passion for music in a professional and supportive environment. Students will work with some of the region’s best teaching artists and perform alongside other motivated students. It’s an exciting opportunity for both the students and conductors. We’re looking forward to the new season,” said Miller.

Placement Auditions in September

The Cape Youth Orchestra will hold two concerts this season on January 25, 2020 and May 16, 2020. Seating auditions for all CYO ensembles will be held on Saturday, September 7 at the Cape Conservatory Barnstable campus. Students can register for a placement audition at or call the Conservatory at 508-362-2772.

About the Conductors

Mark Miller has spent thirty years on the conducting staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, where he currently conducts the Repertory Orchestra. He conducts and coaches orchestras at Boston Univeristy and Harvard. He has led many concerts by the various BYSO orchestras, has conducted at all-state and district festivals, and has worked with other college, community and youth orchestras. Long-time principal clarinetist of the Cape Symphony, he has also performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic, Simon Sinfonietta, and the New Bedford Symphony. He also teaches clarinet privately, primarily in Foxborough’s nationally-acclaimed music program. He attended Florida State University and Boston University, and holds degrees in composition and clarinet performance.

David Gable of Falmouth conducts the CYO program’s string training ensembles. He also teaches private music instruction at the Cape Conservatory, and has performed as concertmaster for the New Hampshire Philharmonic, as principal of the Civic Symphony of Boston, and as part of “The Hawthorne Trio.” He currently performs as “Arco e dolce” a violin and viola duo with his wife. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on