DCYOP Concert


The DC Youth Orchestra Program offers group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.


Our Philosophy

DCYOP believes that every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and play in an orchestra. At DCYOP, the orchestra serves as a model for community. An atmosphere of competition is replaced by a shared endeavor for musical excellence. Through the ensemble, our young musicians develop the character of respectful team players. And, finally, through the study of a musical instrument and classical music, our students develop the confidence and creativity that empowers them to tackle life’s challenges.



DCYOP offers orchestras open to students ages 6 – 18 from across the Washington metropolitan area. An orchestra is a group of instrumentalists, typically combining string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections and playing classical music.

DCYOP orchestras range from beginning to advanced students. Our top ensemble – the Youth Orchestra –  has toured 20 countries, played for numerous US presidents and foreign diplomats and worked with esteemed musicians such as Aaron Copland, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Marvin Hamlisch. Last summer, the Youth Orchestra traveled to South America for its Colombia tour.

As part of the orchestral program, DCYOP offers chamber music for intermediate and advanced students. To join an orchestra, a student must have 1+ year of instrumental instruction (or its equivalent).

So that more students can experience the benefits of playing in an orchestra, DCYOP provides an opportunity to learn an instrument with its Young Musicians Academy.

Young Musicians Academy

DCYOP offers group lessons for students on 17 instruments. Classes take places on Saturdays at Eastern High School. This is the perfect opportunity for any student age 4.5 – 18 to learn a new musical instrument!

Summer Camps

DCYOP offers summer camps for students ages 6 – 18. Activities range from learning a new instrument to chamber music intensive and leadership courses (advanced students only).

School Partnerships

DCYOP partners with schools to support in and out-of-school time orchestra programs including the Children’s Orchestra and PreOrchestra Project.