Music for young people; achievement for life! The DC Youth Orchestra Program supplies music classes and ensemble training to all students who wish to participate. Because of the program's unique structure and curriculum, no child is turned away and every child is challenged by being placed in a level appropriate to his or her ability. We accept all students, regardless of knowledge or income level.


Contact Details

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  City Washington, DC
  Zip Code 20003
  Address 1700 E. Capitol St. NE
  Phone Number (202) 698-0123

From Our Website

Tune in *tonight* to hear DCYOP alum Diego Stine play Penderecki's Cappricio for Solo Tuba as part of #NSOathome LIVE! Watch @nso_musicians on Instagram at 7pm for the performance. Discover Music, DCYOP's virtual introductory program for children ages 4-8, is open for registration! The DC Youth Orchestra Program is so proud to share that The String Queens trio will be participating in The Official Presidential Inauguration Committee's "We Are One" celebration! DCYOP alumna and conductor lise Sharp (cello), DCYOP teaching artist Dawn Johnson (viola), and DCYOP friend and collaborator Kendall Isadore (violin) will perform a moving tribute to Kamala Harris, the 1st Black and Indian-American Woman elected as Vice President of The United States of America.


I came into DCYOP as a four year old with no musical experience and graduated with a skillset beyond the concert hall. DCYOP not only taught me music, but it has taught me to become a better person. I fostered friendships and abilities that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Since 1960, the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP)has fostered the musical development and transformed the lives of over 50,000 youth. As alearning organization, DCYOPcontinually evaluates ourstudents' progressand the short and long-term impact of our programs on their lives and communities.


While the average cost per student is $1400 per year, DCYOP keeps its tuition low to make its programs affordable for all. Tuition covers lessons/sectionals, rehearsals, concerts, evaluations and master classes. Tuition assistance isoffered at a sliding scale. To qualify for a reduced rate, families must submit documentation of income and household size. DCYOP encourages families to register early for the full year and offers an early bird price for full-year registration. Continuing Level A students only have the option to sign up for the trimester, which is $225 at full cost.