American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

Training the creative minds of the future

aka AYPO   |   Annandale, VA   |  https://www.aypo.org/

Mission

The mission of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) is to provide the highest quality musical experience that allows our students to grow as musicians and individuals who then contribute to our nation's cultural landscape as they become future artistic and community leaders.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Dr. Graham Elliott

Main address

4026 Hummer Rd

Annandale, VA 22003 USA

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EIN

54-1064716

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Music (A68)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

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Orchestral Training Program

Recognized as one of the nation's leading youth orchestra organizations, AYPO administers six orchestras:

American Youth Philharmonic, Timothy Dixon, Conductor
American Youth Symphonic Orchestra, Glenn Quader, Conductor
American Youth Concert Orchestra, Doug Martin, Conductor
American Youth Sinfonietta, Adrienne Caravan, Conductor
American Youth String Ensemble, Laura Cahn Wallace, Conductor
American Youth Debut Orchestra, Laura Cahn Wallace, Conductor

Our flagship American Youth Philharmonic performs major repertoire at a nearly professional level. Many graduates pursue orchestral studies at top colleges and conservatories.

Students progress through the increasing levels of difficulty of our orchestras. Over nine months, students attend weekly 120- to 150-minute rehearsals with their conductor and participate in sectionals with top music educators, including National Symphony Orchestra members. AYPO ensembles have performed at all of the Washington DC region’s major concert halls.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Promising musicians who participate in our two most advanced youth orchestras are invited to join our Chamber Ensemble Program. Each year, AYPO forms four to eight chamber ensembles – a mix of strings, woodwinds, brass and harp, with some ensembles including a pianist. The Ensemble da Camera of Washington, an acclaimed clarinet, piano, and violin/viola trio, serves as our artists-in-residence, coaching each student ensemble throughout the year; leading free, public master classes in which the AYPO chamber ensembles perform and receive critiques; and presenting public concerts.

Our Junior Chamber Ensemble Program, led by National Symphony Orchestra violist Tsuna Sakamoto, extends the benefits of studying chamber music to students from AYPO's entry-level orchestras. Students from both programs present free community outreach concerts and recitals. In 2016, members of our Chamber Ensemble Program performed at a White House State Dinner.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Through the Music Buddies Mentorship Program, advanced AYPO musicians (the mentors) provide economically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students (the mentees) with more than 1,000 free music lessons each school year. These weekly private lessons are offered on-site at the mentees’ schools or other central locations on late-bus days.

Mentees receive fundamental training, including developing or improving technique on their instrument, learning scales, acquiring knowledge of basic music theory, and understanding how to sight read. Under the tutelage of their mentors, mentees learn solo works by Bach, Handel, Schumann, Telemann, Vivaldi and other masters, and perform in a culminating recital. All mentees receive the necessary musical equipment, along with complimentary tickets to AYPO’s full season of concerts.

Mentees are encouraged to audition for AYPO's youth orchestras, and tuition assistance is provided for qualified families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

AYPO offers instrumental ensembles for clarinet, flute, harp and percussion. As part of our commitment to expanding access to more participants, AYPO's clarinet, flute and harp ensembles are open to all youth, not just AYPO members. Students learn from outstanding professional musicians and perform community outreach concerts for underserved residents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Hong

Institute for Defense Analyses

Robert Sollinger, Vice President, Operations

Studio Director, Gensler

Ben Baldanza, Vice President, Finance

Former CEO, Spirit Airlines

Suzanne Mucchetti, Secretary

Former Attorney, Weiner, Brodsky, Sidman & Kider

Karen Leyva, Past President

Leyva Strategies, LLC

Marcia Baldanza

Senior Consultant & Author, Just ASK Publications

Don Celli

IT Contractor

Grace Chang

Musician, Teacher and Personal Chef/Caterer

Janette Corcelius

Music Educator, Fairfax County Public Schools

Keth Ditthavong

Managing Partner, Ditthavong & Steiner, P.C.

Nina Federoff

Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania State University

Patti Reid

Civic Leader

Chris Sanchez

Director, Capitol City Strings, LLC

Marty Smith

Chief Operating Officer, Fairfax County Public Schools

Brad Spencer

Attorney

John Thomann

Principal, Gensler