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Hill Country Charity Ball

HCYO is this year's recipient of the HCCBA Grant. Get your tickets today!

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Thank You Robert Earl Keen!

Another Fantastic Event! A huge thank you to Robert and everyone else who helped make this year such a great success!

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Donate Now

HCYO is 100% donor supported. Donate now to the Hill Country Youth Orchestras

Our History

The Hill Country Youth Orchestras (HCYO) were a result of the Suzuki String Program begun in 1987 as part of the educational outreach programs of KPAS (Kerrville Performing Arts Society) in Kerrville, Texas. HCYO brings the orchestra experience to over one hundred of the Hill Country’s young people every year. Read more…

We are:

  • A non-profit organization providing the orchestra experience to youth ages 5 to 18
  • Able to provide a full-tuition scholarship to each participating student
  • A ministry of First United Methodist Church Kerrville, TX
  • 100% dependent on grants and donations
Our Students

HCYO’s student body is comprised of public, private, and home school students. Our students come to us from Helotes, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Junction, Boerne, Ingram, and Kerrville. HCYO students participate in a number of activities in addition to their orchestral exploits.

Our young musicians are also athletes, artists, dancers, singers, community leaders, academics, and volunteers. We encourage HCYO students to participate in activities throughout the year that give back to the community that has given so generously to HCYO.

Our Legacy

There is no charge for a child to be a part of HCYO, but there are costs. HCYO’s biggest need is scholarships. HCYO scholarships over 60 students each week for their one-on-one lessons with a teacher. Lessons are needed for the student to progress in the orchestra program. Please consider becoming a part of HCYO’s legacy.

Help us keep HCYO’s student tuitions 100% covered:

Bringing the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Hill Country