First founded in 1937, the youth orchestras of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance bring together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. . .

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, and Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings were founded to inspire an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthen our region’s existing school music programs, and stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist.

This year, DPYO celebrates its 80th season, and is one of
the nation’s oldest and most distinguished youth orchestra programs. DPYO honored its anniversary with a commissioned work by local composer Austin Jaquith at their Winter Concert on December 10, and they will continue to celebrate with a huge, orchestral celebration with all three youth orchestras at their spring concert on May 6, 2018.