Since our first season in 2011-2012, Young Artists of America at Strathmore has proudly presented fully-orchestrated, performances of music theatre in major venues featuring our extraordinarily talented students and Guest Mentors.
We invite you to watch video highlights from our past seasons below, including video highlights with such luminaries as Julie Andrews, Sir Tim Rice, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, and more. Our productions have been nominated for Regional Emmy Awards.EMMY®
The Wizard of Oz in Concert
YAA presented this timeless score by Harold Arlen in our return to the Dekelboum Concert Hall at The Clarice, with Guest Narrator Robert Aubry Davis from WETA & Sirius XM.
The Circle of Life:
The Songs of Tim Rice in Concert
Devised and Directed by Hugh Wooldridge
YAA commissioned and presented the World Premiere of this production celebrating the 50 year career of the iconic lyricist. Sir Tim Rice himself hosted the performance, and featured Guest Artist Adam Pascal.
The Lion King JR
YAAjunior presented their inaugural production of this iconic show by Elton John & Tim Rice at our newest venue, AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose.
In the Heights
Participants in YAA's annual Summer Performing Arts Intensives Conservatory spent two weeks preparing this now iconic story about everyday life in Washington Heights.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Participants in YAA's annual Summer Performing Arts Intensives Junior Academy spent two weeks preparing this high energy and classic musical about our favorite Peanuts.
2015-2016 -- 5th Anniversary Season
Jekyll & Hyde in Concert
YAA presented this inredible contemporary musical by Frank Wildhorn in the stunning Dekelboum Concert Hall at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at The University of Maryland, College Park with Guest Narrator Kim Scharnberg, the original orchestrator of Jekyll & Hyde.
Children of Eden
with Stephen Schwartz
YAA presented the youth premiere of the new symphonic version of the inspirational tale about family and faith featuring Guest Mentor and Composer, Stephen Schwartz and directed by
Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
YAA was thrilled to be invited to help perform on stage with the one and only Kristin Chenoweth for her sold out Coming Home Tour at Strathmore!
Fame the Musical
Participants in YAA's annual Summer Performing Arts Intensives spent two weeks preparing this pop-culture phenomenon about the legendary New York High School of the Performing Arts lives forever.
The Secret Garden in Concert
YAA presented The Secret Garden, the timeless and lush musical by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, featuring the YAA Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble and narrated by William 'Brit" Kirwan, Chancellor of the University of Maryland.
West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette
YAA devised and presented a unique production of West Side Story + Roméo et Juliette in collaboration with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and the Titanes Salseros. The performance featured over over 140 performers, including Guest Mentors, tenor Marco Cammarota and soprano Melissa Wimbish, and was directed by Rick Davis.
An Evening with Julie Andrews
YAA was thrilled to be invited along with the Strathmore Children's Chorus to provide the Musical Opening for the Music Center at Strathmore's 10th Anniversary Gala Performance of An Evening with Julie Andrews.
Once On This Island
Participants in YAA's annual Summer Performing Arts Intensives performed this highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, from the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Show Boat in Concert
YAA presented a Gala Performance of excerpts from the original 1927 version of the seminal musical, Show Boat in the newly restored historic Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club featuring the YAA Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble performing alongside professional mentors, and narrated by Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO of Strathmore.
Songs for a New World
with Jason Robert Brown
YAA presented the DC premiere of the fully orchestrated version of Songs for a New World, a groundbreaking musical song cycle, featuring Guest Mentor & Composer, Jason Robert Brown, and directed by Jay D. Brock.
2014 Summer Institute
Participants presented The Music of Maury Yeston during the culminating showcase from their 2014 Summer Institute.
YAA devised and presented a concert of selections from opera and musical theatre featuring characters that gave their life for a cause, including Les Miserables, Ragtime, La traviata, Evita, Sweeney Todd, La forza del destino, Children of Eden, Otello and Parade. The performance featured YAA Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble and Guest Soloist Colleen Daly, soprano.
Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon
YAA devised and presented a unique production featuring these two ravishing scores in collaboration with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and directed by Shakespeare Theatre's Alan Paul.
YAA devised and presented an original Requiem pastiche with music by Faure, Verdi, Mozart, Bizet, Schubert and Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring YAA Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble and Guest Mentors Colleen Daly, soprano, Monica Soto-Gil, mezzo-soprano, and Kenneth Kellogg, bass.
2011-2012 Inaugural Season
YAA presented a unique concert of selections depicting the most wicked villains in the opera and musical theatre repertoire including Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, Les Miserables, Pagliacci, and many more, featuring the YAA Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble performing alongside professional mentors and guest soloists including Jonathan Carney, violin, Jason Stearns, baritone, Jennifer Jellings, soprano, and
Monica Soto-Gil, mezzo-soprano.
The Phantom of the Opera
YAA presented the regional premiere of this epic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring over 150 performers including the 85-piece Winston Churchill Orchestra in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools and CityDance.