The Pocono Youth Orchestra and the Pocono Junior String Orchestra offer an exciting musical experience for the youth of the Pocono region. The orchestras are open by audition to instrumentalists of elementary and secondary school age. Serving as a creative and educational outlet for its members, PYO affords young players of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments the opportunity to play some of the world's great orchestral literature. The orchestras perform twice a year at the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall at East Stroudsburg University. Smaller ensembles perform other concerts throughout the year. In addition, PYO sponsors and encourages youth trips to hear professional symphony orchestras. Backing the orchestra is a strong Board of Directors, many of whom are local musicians and educators.