Toyin Spellman-Diaz Oboist, Imani Winds
Muriel Bowser Mayor of Washington, DC
Michael Morgan Music Director Laureate & Conductor, Oakland Symphony
Daniel Foster Violist, National Symphony Orchestra
Thalia Moore Acting Principal Cello, San Francisco Opera and Assistant Principal Cello, San Francisco Ballet

Meet some of our alumni

John Wineglass Emmy-Award Winning Composer
Tracy Inman Co-Director, The Ailey School
Baratunde Thurston Comedian, writer, and cultural critic
Chloe Arnold Emmy-nominated choreographer, actress, director, and dancer. Founder & Choreographer, Syncopated Ladies
Tracy Chevalier New York Times bestselling author
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What our alumni say

Dr. Harolyn Belcher, cello Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer, Kennedy Krieger Institute

DCYOP was a family endeavor, everyone was involved. The experience shapes my vision of how each instrument and each person’s voice together and in harmony adds to the total. The many hours of collaborative and shared practice, listening and learning, shapes my work as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Karen Turner, bass Retired Career Minister at USAID

Through the DC Youth Orchestra Program, I was able to significantly improve my skills. I learned the value of working hard and received great amount of encouragement from the instructors. The trip with the DC Youth Orchestra was my first trip overseas and gave me an interest in travel and learning about other cultures. I later went on to have a lengthy career in the Foreign Service with USAID.

Kenneth Whitley, cello Conductor Laureate, DCYOP

One of the primary things that the orchestra teaches is humanity and how to be, how to live in this world that is at times full of conflict, full of confusion. But how to move through that gracefully, confidently, and securely in your own sense of yourself while connecting to or doing your best to connect with other people.


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Many student lists and other historical documents were lost in 2011 when DCYOP moved from Coolidge to Eastern High School, so if you can help us fill in some gaps in our archives, please reach out by emailing [email protected]. Thank you!