about us


With campuses around the Washington, DC area, Young Artists of America at Strathmore (YAA) works with high school and middle school level performing artists every step of the way. From our one-of-a-kind Mentorship Program with leading professional artists, to essential music (vocal and orchestral), dance, and acting training, to performance opportunities at state-of-the-art venues like our home stage at Strathmore, we offer a unique experience like no other in the nation.

We are thrilled to be part of the 2017-18 Catalogue for Philanthropy, and to be recognized as one of the best nonprofits in the DC Metro region.

YAA Students performing with ADAM PASCAL in The Circle of Life: The Songs of Tim Rice in Concert - 2017

YAA Students performing with ADAM PASCAL in The Circle of Life: The Songs of Tim Rice in Concert - 2017

Founded and led by brothers Rolando and Kristofer Sanz, Young Artists of America at Strathmore’s goal is to provide gifted and committed students unique performance and educational opportunities in a professional, nurturing and collaborative environment.


Music is what gave me a direction and a reason to wake up in the morning when I was a teenager.
— Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award Winning Broadway Composer, Lyricist & YAA Mentor