One of the nation’s leading youth orchestra organizations, AYPO provides orchestral training and performance experience to more than 470 of the region’s most talented musicians ages 7 to 21. Auditions are competitive, and scholarships ensure that each accepted student can join, regardless of ability to pay. Musicians receive 167 hours of training in all – over 40 rehearsals, 30 chamber ensemble coaching sessions, and 10 concerts and recitals. AYPO’s talented high schoolers provide weekly, private music lessons to underserved elementary and middle school students through its Music Buddies program – and with the right resources, this program will expand to reach even more children. Additional public outreach brings orchestra concerts into public schools, community centers, and nursing homes. Dubbed “simply outstanding” (Washington Post), this committed group of kids is determined to make and share music. Shouldn’t every community have a youth orchestra?
COVID-19 Update: All five orchestras and six ensembles have switched to online work. Recruitment has remained steady, with 425 students in the programs.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All
Notes: Our students represent more than 125 different public and private schools throughout the Washington metropolitan region and beyond.
Awards & Recognition
- 2011 Giving Guide
Thu Dec 1 2011, Washington City Paper
The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras is selected as 1 of only 70 local nonprofits that is "worth your time and money".
- Honoring Maestro Bianchi
Wed Mar 30 2011, Vienna Connections Newspaper
During Carl J. Bianchi's long tenure as music teacher and orchestra director at James Madison High School, Bianchi was
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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