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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 and YMB provide symphonic experiences 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 symphonic performance.


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.


Fall auditions are available for remaining spots in DCYO, YMO, and YMB for the 2024-25 concert season.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to:

YMO flutist Eliana Zaksas who recently won second place in the middle school division of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s annual competition. She is a student of Rebecca Simon and recently completed her third year in the Young Musicians’ Orchestra.

DCYO cellist Kevin Li, whose trio, Cello Trifecta, has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 6 as part of the Dr. Andor and Joy Kiszely recital.

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.

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