The long AYPO history of offering excellence in training young musicians was recently marked by the award of the ARTSFAIRFAX Music Education Award. The introduction to this award states 'The Arts Education Award recognizes an arts organization, or individual arts educator, that has provided superlative arts education opportunities, experiences, or training for youth, students of all ages, or emerging artists.’ The citation for AYPO states 'The 2018 Arts Education Award was presented to the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras for its commitment to under-served students, its dedication to first-class training, and its philosophy that music extends to success in the classroom and beyond.’
Recently, the Fairfax County Times featured two articles on AYPO’s recent successes in Arts Education. AYPO Executive Director, Dr. Graham Elliott and Board President Karen Leyva call for a stronger musical community and a new performing arts center in Northern Virginia in this article. Dr. Graham Elliott and Karen Leyva were also featured alongside Wolf Trap Foundation and Claude Moore Charitable Foundation representatives, in an article highlighting the future of the arts in Fairfax County.