Don’t miss our closing gala and awards ceremony. Bring your best dress and dancing shoes as we close out the conference, and award some standout travel industry stars. The gala is included in your ticket price.
Founded in 1960 at the request of DC Public Schools (DCPS), the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is an integral part of the Washington, DC community, fostering the musical, academic, and social development of more than 50,000 youth since our inception. The first youth orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center, DCYOP has toured 23 countries, played for US presidents and diplomats, and worked with esteemed musicians such as Aaron Copland, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, and most recently Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joshua Bell. The program has received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly Coming Up Taller) and the District of Columbia Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education. The Catalogue for Philanthropy recognizes DCYOP as “one of the best small non-profits in the Greater Washington region.”
As the leading ensemble-based classical music education program in the Washington, DC region, DCYOP offers group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for more than students ages 4.5 to 18. Our citywide programming at the Takoma Education Campus in ward 4 serves over 500 young people on Saturdays; this the only citywide youth orchestra program offered in the District. Beginning students participate in group lessons through our Young Musicians Academy and may choose from 16 instruments. Experienced students are placed into one of our 10 youth orchestras following an evaluation and each ensemble meets one to three hours weekly for sectionals and rehearsals. Advanced students participate in international tours and take part in master classes and side-by-side rehearsals with prominent musicians, including National Symphony Orchestra members.