An unparalleled educational experience for young musicians

See Our Orchestras in Action

The Delaware County Youth Orchestras

• Provide an exceptional music education for students dedicated to studying and performing orchestral repertoire.

• Prioritize a warm, supportive environment, sensitive to the needs of our students and their families.


DCYO is an orchestra for advanced students, usually in high school. Qualifications for admission are outstanding musical ability and the desire and dedication required to perform as an orchestral musician.


YMO is an orchestra for intermediate students of all ages, most of whom are in middle school. Qualifications for admission include a developing musical aptitude and a strong desire to increase abilities for orchestral playing.


Our orchestras have a rich history of concert performances, many featuring prominent soloists. These concerts, supported by rehearsals, sectionals and retreats, provide our students with an incomparable learning experience.


Openings remain in both orchestras for the 2023-24 season.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to:

DCYO members Elizabeth Yeh, Vincent Zhu, Aila McCaskill, and Johnny Knapp. Their string quartet, coached by Jennifer Jie Jin, won first place in the Crescendo International Music Competition, and they will perform at Carnegie Hall later this year.

Flutist Grace Samaha on her recent performance with the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunny Mao (viola) who won first place in both the Crescendo International Music Competition and the Elite International music competition as a piano soloist. Sunny will perform in recitals this year at Carnegie Hall.

Daniel Xu (clarinet) who won the 2022 MTNA junior woodwind competition, representing Pennsylvania to enter the Eastern division competition.

Percussionist Luke Hathaway who has been chosen for the 2023 NAfME All Eastern Band.

David Kim

“I consider DCYO to be the premier youth orchestra in our region. The music making is exceptional, the repertoire is fantastic, and all the members enjoy each other’s company so much. There is a reason my daughter was a member for years and looked forward to every rehearsal and concert – this orchestra is an important and cherished part of her life.”

– David Kim

David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, is a member of our Advisory Board, and an ardent supporter of DCYO.

David Kim