Welcome to PVYO!

Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra strives to advance & inspire the development of talented young musicians in the
DC, MD, & Northern VA region by providing comprehensive training & unparalleled performance opportunities! 

2019 Concerto Competition Information

PVYO is proud to announce 2019 Concerto Competition. The 1st round will be comprised of submitted videos.  The finals will be a concert event, with selected participants performing their contest pieces with piano accompaniment before a live audience and an esteemed...

Celebrating 29 years of Excellence!

Nine ensembles conducted by our highly experienced artistic staff.

Located in Potomac, Montgomery County Maryland, The Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) celebrates 29 years of excellence in music education, bringing the best and most experienced music educators together to offer the most comprehensive youth orchestra program in Maryland.  PVYO provides every musician a very strong educational foundation, along with unparalleled performance opportunities.  PVYO strives to help young musicians develop personally and grow musically through challenging and exciting educational programs. This year, PVYO welcomes over 375 participat­ing musicians to our community.

Full Orchestra, Grades 10-12


The Philharmonia is a full symphony orchestra of advanced string, wind, brass and percussion students and draws its membership from qualified high school students from all over the Washington DC metropolitan region.


Full Orchestra, Grades 7-10


The Symphony  is the perfect ensemble for advanced middle school to early high school string, wind, and percussion musicians to explore the thrill of playing together in a full orchestra.

String Orchestra, Grades 7-9


The PVYO “Sinfonia” provides a challenging, exciting, and engaging string orchestra for motivated and advancing musicians who need additional preparation before entering the PVYO Symphony or Philharmonia.

String Orchestra, Grades 6-8


The Concert Orchestra is a string ensemble of predominantly middle school students in grades 6-8.  Music from the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods will be explored, along with many contemporary and educational compositions.

Strings Orchestra,  Grades 4-6


The basics of ensemble playing are refined in this string orchestra of elementary and middle school students.
School grades 4-6.

Full Band, Grades 9-12


Open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians, the Wind Ensemble is a perfect supplement to the school band or those in All-County or All-State.

Full Band, Grades 6-9


Open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians, the Concert Band is a perfect supplement to the school band or those in All-County or All-State.


Flutes, Grades 6-12


Flute Choir has become a very popular phenomenon worldwide.  Concentrating on tone, tuning, technique, and blending, music literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century is explored.  Piccolo, alto flute and bass flute will be introduced, adding depth and brilliance to the ensemble.

Clarinets, Grades 6-12


The clarinet choir is a great opportunity for middle and high school clarinetists to explore music written for the  E♭, B♭, alto, bass, and contra-alto clarinets a a fun and engaging chamber setting.  Music pieces will be chosen from the standard repertoire as well as more contemporary works.  

Our Mission

PVYO, Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra

The Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra strives to:

♦ Advance and inspire the development of young talented musicians of the Washington, D.C. region by providing intensive training and unparalleled performance opportunities.

♦ Actively engage young musicians regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic background, or financial circumstance.

♦ Build self-esteem through proficiency and commitment in a nurturing and constructive educational setting.

♦ Serve as a cultural resource to the children of our community.