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?

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

Notes: Our students represent more than 125 different public and private schools throughout the Washington metropolitan region and beyond.

Awards & Recognition



  • 2011 Giving Guide
    Thu Dec 1 2011, Washington City Paper  
    The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras is selected as 1 of only 70 local nonprofits that is "worth your time and money".

  • Honoring Maestro Bianchi
    Wed Mar 30 2011, Vienna Connections Newspaper  
    During Carl J. Bianchi's long tenure as music teacher and orchestra director at James Madison High School, Bianchi was

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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