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DCYO students at the Kimmel Center for the 45th anniversary concert performance in May 2017.

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DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the May 2017 Performance Hour.

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Four DCYO students were winners in the 2017 Tri-County Youth Festival: (left to right) Angelina Phillips (First Place, Senior Strings); Timothy Kim (First Place, Junior Winds); Sasha He (Second Place, Senior Strings); and Ethan McLear (Second Place, Senior Ensemble). Angelina, Timothy, and Sasha were all accompanied at the Festival Concert by DCYO Director Andrew Hauze.


Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster and DCYO father David Kim was the guest soloist for our 45th anniversary concert in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Mr. Kim performed Mendelssohn’s E Minor Violin Concerto on a program that also included Marquez’s Danzon no. 2 and Smetana’s “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast.

Violinist David Kim


DCYO Spring 2017 Concert Poster

CONCERT POSTER courtesy of AMANDA BUONI

DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the December 2016 Performance Hour.

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DCYO Students at Camp Tockwogh, September 2016.
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DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the May 2016 Performance Hour.

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Lio KuokmanDCYO is honored to announce that Lio Kuokman, Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will be our Distinguished Visiting Artist and Guest Conductor for our spring concert. With Andrew Hauze as pianist, Mr. Kuokman will conduct a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “startling conducting talent,” Mr. Kuokman has worked extensively in both the symphonic and operatic genres, with conducting appearances throughout the world. He was the top prize winner of the third Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Paris in 2014, for which he also received the audience prize and orchestra prize. As a keyboard artist of note, Mr. Kuokman has performed as soloist with orchestras internationally, and he is a founding member and president of the Macao Chamber Music Association.

Mr. Kuokman began his musical training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, from which he graduated with first class honors in piano performance. He continued his graduate studies receiving a master’s degree from the Juilliard School followed by diplomas in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. For his contributions to the development of arts and culture, he has received a Certificate of Commendation from the Hong Kong government and a Medal of Cultural Merit from the government of Macao.


DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the December 2015 Performance Hour.

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DCYO Announces World Premiere of Vashti.

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra is privileged to announce that our winter concert on February 14, 2016 will feature the world premiere of a work entitled Vashti (2015) by composer Thomas Whitman. This work retells the story of Vashti, Queen of Persia, from the Book of Esther. In the words of Mr. Whitman,

Thomas Whitman, VashtiVashti is dedicated to the musicians of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and to their superb music director, my friend and colleague Andrew Hauze. I am grateful to Deborah Majerovitz for suggesting this narrative and also to Andrew Hauze for helping bring the music to fruition. I also express thanks to Swarthmore College for the support of its sabbatical leave program.”

Thomas Whitman (b. 1960) began his musical studies with cellist Harry Wimmer. His principal composition teachers include George Crumb, Gerald Levinson, Max Lifchitz, Jay Reise, and Richard Wernick. As a Luce Scholar in 1986-1987, he spent a year studying in Bali, Indonesia, where his primary teacher was the late I Madé Gerindem. Other prizes and honors include an ASCAP Foundation Grant; artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo; and commissions from ALEA III, Orchestra 2001, Network for New Music, North/South Consonance, and the Philadelphia Singers, among others. He has worked collaboratively with several choreographers and with the poet Nathalie Anderson, with whom he has written several works for the stage (one of which, The Black Swan, was produced with stage direction by Sarah Caldwell in 1998).

Mr. Whitman has taught at Swarthmore College since 1990, where he is the founder and co-director of Gamelan Semara Santi, the Philadelphia area’s only Indonesian percussion orchestra. He also directs the Chester Children’s Gamelan project, a volunteer effort that introduces the rich traditions of classical Indonesian performing arts to schoolchildren in Chester, Pennsylvania. Selected compositions are available on Avie Records, North/South Records, and Albany Records.


DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the May 2015 Performance Hour.
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Cellist Udi Bar-David rehearses with conductor Andrew Hauze before the May 2015 performance of the Dvořák Cello concerto in B minor.

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Udi Bar-DavidThe Delaware County Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce that Udi Bar-David, cellist in The Philadelphia Orchestra, was our featured soloist in a performance of the first movement of the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, by Dvořák for the spring concert on May 17, 2015. Widely considered one of the most versatile cellists today, and an acclaimed soloist, Mr. Bar-David has enjoyed performing on international stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world. Spreading the messages of hope, understanding, and co-existence, Mr. Bar-David continues to work tirelessly to perform and create opportunities for open dialogues, bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds at universities, public venues, and peace-loving communities. His most recent CD,Beyond Borders, features a cello choir recorded on multiple tracks by Mr. Bar-David. This CD explores new sounds of cello – improvisations based on the music from the Middle East and American Spirituals. To read more about Mr. Bar-David’s outstanding career, please visit http://udibardavid.wordpress.com/about


DCYO students on stage at Proclamation Presbyterian Church after their performance for the December 2014 Performance Hour.

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DCYO performs its first concert under new Conductor Andrew Hauze at Bryn Mawr College on November 16, 2014.

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Cristian Macelaru visits DCYO
Cristian Macelaru, Associate Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the DCYO 2014 Distinguished Visiting Artist, conducts students at rehearsal on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in preparation for their upcoming spring concert.
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DCYO bass section on stage at Strath Haven High School, November 2013.

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Students on the stairs in the Kimmel Center celebrating their May 2012 performance held in the Perelman Theatre.

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Graduating Musician’s Award

Established in 2011, the annual Graduating Musician’s Award (formerly the Bonnie Brebach Award) is presented each spring to a senior who has demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm as a member of DCYO for at least three years and who plans an ongoing commitment to music.

2016-2017 Award Recipient – Gillian Bobnak, oboe
2015-2016 Award Recipient – Juan Miguel Serviano, double bass
2014-2015 Award Recipient – David McCafferty, bassoon
2013-2014 Award Recipient – Austin Berman, violin
2012-2013 Award Recipient – Benjamin Weaver, violin