DC Youth Orchestra Program is a comprehensive, curriculum-based music education and youth development program open to students from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. DCYOP offers fall, spring, and summer sessions on all orchestral instruments for beginning through advanced students, ages 4 ½ to 18. Located at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill, the program serves over 600 students a year and consists of seven ensembles, including the renowned Youth Orchestra.

DCYOP distinguishes itself from other youth music organizations through its inclusivity. The program welcomes all students that wish to participate, regardless of background, socioeconomic status or ability, and currently provides tuition assistance to roughly 25 percent of participants.

DCYOP derives its success from a strong emphasis on musical achievement and excellence; no auditions are required to join at the beginning level, only the desire and will to learn. The program’s multi-tiered curriculum creates a positive learning space for every student, enabling a balance between the fullest success for all and the highest accomplishment for some. Positive outcomes extend beyond the development of musical skills, as well. Through group lessons and ensemble rehearsals, students develop the confidence, self-esteem, and teamwork abilities necessary to propel them into their future as contributing and successful adults.