About the Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings was established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grade 6-12. The ensemble is comprised of 65 students representing homeschools and 26 different schools from the greater Dayton area.

Students in the Youth Strings will perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing Winter and Fall concerts, DPYS often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Conductor

Maureen Hickey Haitch (“hey-ch”) is a conductor and violinist born and based in Cincinnati, OH. Maureen currently serves as Conductor for Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings and Cover Conductor for the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, where she plays viola. Maureen enjoys playing violin in chamber groups and orchestras across the Tri-State area. She also works as the Production and Marketing Manager for Summermusik (Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra), which includes acting as librarian and assisting with artistic planning. 

Maureen earned dual Master’s degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Performance from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, as well as a BM in Violin from Miami University of Ohio.


Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings members rehearse every Sunday from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m., September through March.

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 6–12 and be a member of a school music organization playing the same instrument as is played in the Youth Strings. If there is no school orchestra or band, an exception may be made.

Recent Repertoire Performed by the DPYS

Anderson – Sleigh Ride 
Bartok – Rumanian Folk Dances
Beethoven – Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Boyce – Symphony No. 1 in B flat
Britten, Simple Symphony
Byrd – Consort Song: Come Jolly Swains
Corelli – Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D major
Corelli – La Follia Variations
Elgar, Serenade for Strings
Glass – Company No. 2
Grieg – Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Grieg – Two Norwegian Airs, Op. 63
Handel, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 11
Hovhaness – Psalm and Fugue, Op. 40a
Mascagni – Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mendelssohn – Sinfonia No.8 in D major
Monti – Czardas
Mozart – Dance Suite
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Parry – An English Suite
Purcell – Incidental music for strings for Abdelazer or The Moor’s Revenge
Saint-Saëns – Pieces from Carnival of the Animals
Stone – Miniature String Quartet No. 3
Strauss – Emperor Waltz
Tchaikovsky – Selections from The Nutcracker
Telemann – Concerto in G major for Viola and Strings
Verdi – La Traviata, Preludes Act I and III
Vivaldi – Concerto in D minor for Strings
Warlock – Capriol Suite