Celebrating 33 years of Excellence!

Eight ensembles conducted by our highly experienced artistic staff.

Located in Potomac, Maryland, the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) celebrates 33 years of excellence in music education, bringing the best and most experienced music educators together to offer at 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.

Two Full Orchestras!

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 high school string, wind, and percussion musicians to explore the thrill of playing together in a full orchestra.

Two String Orchestras!

String Orchestra, Grades 6-9


The Concert Orchestra is a string ensemble of predominantly middle school students in grades 6-9.  Music from the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods will be explored, along with many contemporary and educational compositions.

Strings Orchestra,  Grades 4-7


The basics of ensemble playing are refined in this string orchestra of elementary and middle school students.
School grades 4-7.

Two Bands!

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.


Two Chamber Choirs!

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.  

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.