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.

The 2017-18 season marked DPYO’s 80th anniversary; it is one of
the nation’s oldest and most distinguished youth orchestra programs. DPYO honored its anniversary with a commissioned work, “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained,” by local composer Austin Jaquith at their Winter Concert on December 10, 2017 and celebrated with a huge, orchestral celebration with all three youth orchestras at their spring concert on May 6, 2018. Almost 250 young musicians from DPJS, DPYS, DPYO, and Q the Music joined forces to play Mussorgky’s grand “Great Gate of Kiev.”