<September 2014>


Whether it's at Orchestra Hall or right in your neighborhood, the Wu Family Academy provides music education for all.

Civic Youth Ensembles

Since 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) have provided Michigan's musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE's twofold mission is to cultivate every student's artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while continuing to develop meaningful skills outside of the arts. CYE Faculty believe music can provide youth with the necessary tools to develop imporant life skills such as critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork, as well as believing that students can discover success no matter what path in life they choose. 

We invite you to join our ever-expanding Civic Youth Ensembles family. 

Please email civic@dso.org if you are interested in auditioning and learning more about the program.

Neighborhood Residency Training Programs

Beginning the 2014-15 season as part of the Wu Family Academy, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce its new Neighborhood Residency Training Programs!

Instrumental Training:
Trained string faculty provide the highest quality Suzuki based private and group-class instruction. Lessons are available for violin, viola, and cello. With this program, numerous class and solo performance oppourtunites are offered throughout the year.

Choral Training:
In partnership with the Detroit Children's Choir, the choral training program will provide student's grades 3-8 with opportunities for large group choir experiences through quality musical training as well as life-changing performance opportunities.

For more information on locations or to find out how to have these programs at your site, please contact Sheena Law at slaw@dso.org or 313.576.5074

Detroit Children's Choir:
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles have begun an exciting new partnership with the Detroit Children's Choir (DCC), one of the leading choral groups in the metro-Detroit area for students 8-14 years of age. Founded in 2006, the Detroit Children's Choir uses the power and discipline of choral singing to bring together Detroit area children and strengthen team building , creativity, social interaction, understanding, and connection.

Ultimately, DCC's aim is to reach as many young people as possible in order to develop leaders who will bring about positive community change, now and in the future. DCC sees choral singing as a vehicle for children to grow, gain self-confidence, foster social and political awareness, and strengthen academic skills all while setting the stage for active participation in the arts throughout their lives. The discipline instilled by choral music has shown to be a pwerful tool in building these skilss. DCC's programs allow the children of Southeast Michigan to discover their creativity and individuality while increasing their appreciation for diversity and breaking down barriers.

If you are interested in joining the DCC or finding out more information, please visit the DCC website at detroitchildrenschoir.org.