As the DC Youth Orchestra Program celebrates its 50th year in operation in 2010, it is in the process of moving from Coolidge High School, its longtime home, to Eastern High School. In a statement, Executive Director Ava Spece said, “We are so excited to be able to provide this new environment for our students, including improved metro and freeway access and a more central location. The new facility will enable DCYOP’s incredible faculty to better serve the youth of the Washington region.” To celebrate its 50th birthday, DCYOP will hold a daylong celebration on August 21, bringing together some of the program’s 50,000 alumni for a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall at 6 p.m. Marvin Hamlisch, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, will host the event. DCYOP is the largest youth orchestra program in the Washington, D.C. area, with more than 600 children participating in music lessons and performances every year.
Posted August 17, 2010