Led by Music Director, Kristofer Sanz, Young Artists of America at Strathmore’s Orchestral Program is open to orchestra and instrumental students ages 14-19 from the Marlyand, Virginia and DC areas.

A unique symphonic ensemble, our program focuses specifically on studying and performing fully-orchestrated works of music-theatre, including opera, oratorio and dance. 

Our orchestral students are introduced to the vast vocal-orchestral repertoire while focusing on the unique relationship between orchestra and singers. Students are provided with the opportunity to regularly collaborate with their singer peers, as well as professional composers, vocalists and instrumentalists from professional symphonies and stages (see more about this below).

Many of our alumni have gone on to study at prestigious universities including Juilliard, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Penn State, CCM (Cincinatti), NYU, Baldwin Wallace, Northwestern, Rice, Indiana, and UMD. These students and their families often credit Young Artists of America at Strathmore for preparing them for this school acceptance and their musical careers beyond.

Learn more about what our students say about our program here.

Schedule & Location

The Orchestral Program meets weekly for rehearsals at our Montgomery County Campus at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD and runs from September through March.

Learn more about our Rehearsal schedules.

Learn more about our Campuses.


Recent innovative programming has included staged theatrical concerts of large scale musical theatre as well as unique productions that have been devised for and have received their world premiere with Young Artists of America.

Please review our current and previous seasons for a full listing.

Mentoring Program

Students have the unique opportunity to work closely alongside leading professional mentors both in rehearsal and performance. Recent mentors have included Anthony McGill (New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera), Jonathan Carney (Baltimore Symphony)Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World)and many more

Learn more about recent Mentors and upcoming opportunities to work with Guest Mentors .


Auditions for the Orchestral Program take place in September for the season. Seating for strings takes place at the first rehearsal in September.

All of our Orchestral Program students must audition to be accepted into the program.

Please visit our Auditions page for more information about upcoming auditions.


Please visit our Tuition page to find out cost and to register for this program.