DC Youth Orchestra Program

  • District of Columbia


1120 20th Street Northwest
Suite 200N
District of Columbia
United States

About Us

Guided by its mission “music for young people; achievement for life!,” the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) has fostered the musical development and changed the lives of 50,000+ youth since 1960. Proud to be an inclusive organization, DCYOP offers group lessons and ensemble training for over 600 students ages 4 ½ to 18, who represent 200 schools, 100 unique ZIP codes, and the region’s diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The first youth orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center, DCYOP has toured 22 countries, played for US presidents and diplomats, and worked with esteemed musicians such as Copland, Maazel, Rostropovich, and most recently Gustavo Dudmael and Yo-Yo Ma. The program has received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly Coming Up Taller) and the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education. For more information, please visit www.dcyop.org