About the Orchestra

Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings 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 DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthening our region’s existing school music programs, and helping stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist.

The DPYO performs three concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Ohio Music Educators Association conferences. The Youth Orchestra regularly appears on the Dayton Philharmonic’s DP&L Family Concert Series, which has recently included collaborations with the Dayton Ballet II Senior Company, performance artist Dan Kamin, and the Magic Circle Mime Company.

The DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Association, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Special thanks to the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association! Each year, the DPVA awards summer music camp and college scholarships to DPYO members and provides funds for the cost of music and sectionals. We greatly appreciate the DPVA’s support of the DPYO and their work on behalf of the Dayton Philharmonic’s Education Programs.

About the Conductor

Patrick Reynolds, the conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, is the Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Annapolis (MD) Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington (VA) Symphony Orchestra, the High Mountain Symphony (NJ), and the Queens (NY) Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Ohio Music Education Association East Central and Southwest Regional Honors Orchestras, and the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Conducting nearly two-dozen performances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra each year, Reynolds leads the DPO in “Magic Carpet” and “Young Peoples” concerts. He has also appeared as conductor of the Philharmonic in Classical and SuperPops series, and on Holiday Pops and summer season concerts. In addition, he serves as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, a professional wind ensemble performing education and summer concerts.

Reynolds is on the faculty at the University of Dayton where he is an Associate Professor of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music.


Youth Orchestra members rehearse every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., September through May.

Radio Broadcasts

Our performances are broadcast on WDPR 88.1 FM and WDPG 89.9 FM. Visit On The Air for a schedule of all DPAA broadcasts.


Applicant must be a student in grades 9–12 and be a member of a school music organization playing the same instrument as is played in the Youth Orchestra. If there is no school orchestra or band, an exception may be made.

Recent Repertoire Performed by the DPYO
Since 2000

Arnold – Four Scottish Dances
Barber – Adagio for Strings, First Essay for Orchestra
Bartok – Hungarian Sketches
Beethoven – Egmont Overture, Symphony No. 5
Berlioz – Hungarian March (“Rákóczi”) from The Damnation of Faust
Bernstein – Overture to Candide; Mambo from West Side Story
Bizet – Carmen & Arlesienne Suites
Borodin – Symphony No. 2
Bryant – Dusk
Chabrier – Espana
Copland – Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid & Rodeo Ballet Suites
Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 & 9, Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
Elgar – Nimrod, from the Enigma Variations
de Falla – Final Dance from The Three-Cornered Hat; Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve
Ginastera – Suite from the ballet Estancia
Glinka – Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Gottschalk – Fiesta Criolla, from La Nuit des Tropiques
Hanson – Symphony No. 2 Romantic
Humperdinck – Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
Jaquith – Kinesis
Kabalevsky – Overture to Colas Breugnon, Violin Concerto
Marquez – Danzon No. 2
Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
Mozart – Overture to The Magic Flute, Concerto for Piano, K. 467
Mussorgsky – Dawn on the Moskva River
Offenbach – Overture to La Belle Helene
Piston – The Incredible Flutist Ballet Suite
Puccini – Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte 
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 67
Rutter – Mass of the Children
Saint-Saens – Bacchanale, from Samson and Delilah, Concerto for Violin No. 3 in B minor, op. 61
Schubert – Symphony No. 8 Unfinished
Sheldon – Danzas Cubanas
Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Sibelius – Finlandia
Smetana – The Moldau from Má Vlast
Sousa – The Liberty Bell
J. Strauss – On the Beautiful Blue DanubeTales From the Vienna Woods, Emperor Waltzes
Stravinsky – Suite from The Firebird
Suppe – Overture to The Poet and the Peasant
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 2 and No. 5, Swan Lake & Nutcracker Suites
Various – The New4Seasons Project
Verdi – Overture to Nabucco
Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Overture to Rienzi