DCYOP Concert


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


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 22 countries, played for numerous US presidents and foreign diplomats and worked with esteemed musicians such as Aaron Copland, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gustavo Dudamel, and Kevin Deas. This school year, our Youth Orchestra toured Chile where it performed at the Presidential Palace La Moneda for President Bachelet!

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.

DCYOP offers group lessons for students on 16 instruments. Classes take places on Saturdays at Eastern High School. This is the perfect opportunity for any student age 4.5 – 14 to learn a new musical instrument! DCYOP does not offer piano.

DCYOP concert

DCYOP ORCHESTRA INTENSIVE will provide students in Sinfonia 1, Sinfonia 2, and Wind Ensemble a musical jump-start for their summer. Students will refresh music fundamentals and learn teamwork skills through daily orchestra rehearsals and group lessons. In addition to building music skills, students will engage in other fun cultural experiences!

DATES: July 24 – July 28, 2017

HOURS: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

AFTER CARE: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Elise Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS

3700 Oakview Terrace NE, Washington, DC 20017

(3 blocks from Brookland/CUA Metro)

LEVELS: Students in DCYOP’s Sinfonia 1, Sinfonia 2, and Wind Ensemble

FEES: $400 for the week-long program. Sliding scale tuition is also available. Aftercare is available for an additional $75.

ENROLLMENT: Enrollment is open now! Register at http://www.dcyop.org/SummerOrchestra2017. Enrollment is first-come, first-served so register soon!


Youth Philharmonic Summer Program Finale

DCYOP partners with schools to support in and out-of-school time orchestra programs including the Children’s Orchestra and Strings Attached Residency Program. Students from these orchestras have played with musicians as outstanding as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell!

For more information, please contact alex@dcyop.org.

Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma play with DCYOP Children's Orchestra