Recognized as one of the nation’s leading youth orchestra organizations, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras provides orchestral training and performance experience to more than 400 of the most talented young musicians ages 7 to 21 from Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Students are selected in a competitive audition process and scholarships ensure that each accepted student can join, regardless of ability to pay. Students attend some 37 rehearsals, 9 dress rehearsals, 31 chamber ensemble coachings, 9 concerts, and 2 recitals: 167 hours of training in all. In addition, the Music Buddies Mentorship Program enables AYPO’s talented high schoolers to provide weekly private music lessons to underserved elementary and middle school students, and the Community Outreach Concert Series brings the orchestras into public schools, community centers, and nursing homes. Dubbed “simply outstanding” (Washington Post) with “the presence and finish of a professional ensemble” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), this is one committed group of kids, determined to make music and bring it to others. Shouldn’t every community have a youth orchestra?