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About AYPO The mission of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras is to provide the highest quality musical experience that allows our students to grow as musicians and individuals, who then contribute to our nation's cultural landscape, as they become future artistic and community leaders. Recognized as one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation, AYPO provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for musicians up to 21 years of age. With a nationally recognized artistic staff, a dedicated professional staff, and a host of volunteers, AYPO annually selects and trains over 400 of the most talented young musicians. Since 1964, AYPO has delivered programs of the highest caliber throughout the Washington metropolitan region, earning an unrivaled reputation for excellence and distinction.

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Press Release
Friday, April 3, 2015

Eleven young musicians led by director of percussion at AYPO, Doug Wallace, traveled to Indianapolis in mid-March to participate in the Music For All National Percussion Festival. The percussion players  –  four members of American Youth Philharmonic, four from American Youth Symphonic and three from American Youth Concert Orchestra participated  –  were Alex Arshadi, Casey Crawford, Tyler Cunningham, Ethan Davis, Sofia Devin, Jared Joo, Derek Kartalian, Nitin Rao, Le o Simon, Raoul Sojwal and Eric Stoss. Parent chaperons were Gary Davis and George Kartalian.

Four ensemble pieces included an arrangement by Doug Wallace of the String Quartet in G minor of Claude Debussy. Performance evaluations were offered by a distinguished panel of four members who commented that the AYPO ensemble was one of the festival highlights. One went further in stating that the group was one of the best ever to play at the festival, while another described their performance as “jaw dropping”. The festival coordinator said “people will be talking about the AYPO performance for years!”

There were some enjoyable off-duty moments during the visit, including a visit to the Rhythm Discovery Center, and a meeting with the legendary Remo Belli. A fun highlight was provided by an Indiana Pacers basketball game with a thrilling overtime conclusion.


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