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DPYO Spring Concert
Youth Orchestra Concert

Evan Chambers (b. 1963) Being-Time, from Kairos (2010)

Mary Watkins (b. 1939) Soul of Remembrance, from Five Movements in Color (1993)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings

Dedicated in loving memory or Mr. Doug Eyink – teacher, musician, and friend

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Selections from West Side Story

Arr. Jack Mason

Jesse Ayres (b. 1951) Shinkansen (2019/2021)

About DPYO

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire.  The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthening our region’s existing school music programs, and helping stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.

The DPYO performs three concerts each season.  In 2002, 2004, 2006, 2014 and 2019 the group was invited to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association conferences.  

The Youth Orchestra regularly appears on the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Family Concert Series, featuring collaborations with Cirque de la Symphonie, Zoot Theatre, Platypus Theatre, the Dayton Ballet II Senior Company, the Gem City Ballet, the South Dayton Ballet, illustrator Rob Shepperson, performance artist Dan Kamin, and the Magic Circle Mime Company. In March 2008 a chamber orchestra from the DPYO participated in a production of Hans Krása’s opera Brundibar in a collaboration between the DPYO, the Dayton Opera, the Kettering Children’s Choir and the Victoria Theatre Association.

DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The orchestra is affiliated with the Youth Division of the League of American Orchestras.

Inspire Learning

A UCLA analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database tracking more than 25,000 students over ten years showed that students involved in music generally tested higher in reading proficiency exams and standardized tests than those who had no musical involvement.  The study noted higher scores for musicians in all socioeconomic groups.

Your gift to the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra can help ensure that area children have this music advantage.  Just $375 sponsors a youth in the orchestra for the entire year! 

Donate today by contacting Ruth Reveal, Director of Education, at 937-224-3521 ext. 1118, or by email. You can also make a full or partial sponsorship gift online, designated to the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Order a CD

To order a CD recording of this concert, mail the following information, and a check made payable to DPAA to the following address by May 31, 2022:


  • Name
  • Address, City, State, Zip
  • Number of CDs
  • Amount Enclosed ($)


Attn: Kara Camfield, Education Program Coordinator

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

126 N Main Street, Suite 210

Dayton, OH 45402


CDs are $15 each (includes shipping and handling) before the deadline and $18 after the order deadline.