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 36 rehearsals, 17 dress rehearsals, 40 chamber ensemble coachings, 9 concerts, and 2 recitals: 175 hours of training. In addition, the Music Buddies Mentorship Program enables AYPO’s talented high schoolers to provide weekly private music lessons to underserved 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) and “a remarkable youth orchestra" (The Journal), this is one committed group of kids, determined to make music and bring it to others. Shouldn’t every community have a youth orchestra? You can make it happen – for everyone who wants to play.