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About AYPO The mission of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras 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. Recognized as one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation, AYPO provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for musicians up to 21 years of age. With a nationally recognized artistic staff, a dedicated professional staff, and a host of volunteers, AYPO annually selects and trains over 400 of the most talented young musicians. Since 1964, AYPO has delivered programs of the highest caliber throughout the Washington metropolitan region, earning an unrivaled reputation for excellence and distinction.

The 2015-2016 audition information is now available. Please visit the "Auditions" tab for information and apply online here.

Press Release
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) announces that Margaret Adams has accepted a position on AYPO's Honorary Board of Directors, having stepped down from her position as President of the Board of Directors. The Board has elected Michael Blakeslee to be its Interim President until this Spring, when elections for next year's Board and Officers take place.

Under President Adams' leadership AYPO has reformed its finances, including the establishment of an endowment and reserve operating fund, and has streamlined its operations and development activities. All of these actions, taken with the Board's support, have been accomplished for the purpose of providing the best possible orchestral training for AYPO's young musicians, which will benefit them for a lifetime love of music and in whatever endeavors they may wish to pursue in the future.

AYPO programs are continuing to grow with further evolution of orchestral programs, more growth of the organization's chamber music program, maintenance of an exemplary artistic staff, and extension of the student-led "Music Buddies" music tutoring program to benefit public school students of limited means.  

As the transition progresses with new Executive Director Dr. Graham Elliott, the AYPO Board wishes to give its thanks to former President Adams for all her hard work over 25 years with the organization, and encourages the AYPO community of parents and supporters to join with it as new Board members, officers and volunteers to help carry AYPO's mission forward.



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