Students Shine

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Students Shine

Student ensembles take the Music Center stage. 

by Holly Filipiak

After becoming CEO of Strathmore, Monica Jeffries Hazangeles stated that she wanted to ensure Strathmore inspired generations of audiences and artists. “We won’t have a future filled with the arts if we’re not investing in arts experiences for our children today.” Through a myriad of education programs at Strathmore—including exceptional student performance ensembles—that vision is being realized every day.  

The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) of Strathmore is one of the country’s most outstanding youth orchestra programs, and it is the oldest and most established in the Washington, DC area. More than 500 musicians in grades 2 through 12 participate in MCYO ensembles. Strathmore Children’s Chorus (SCC) engages more than 150 students in grades 2 through 12, teaching music literacy and creative expression.  

With a goal of ensuring that every student has the chance to participate in rich and transformative experiences, Strathmore has provided similar opportunities throughout our community—and will be expanding those in 2023. Removing barriers that prevent students from experiencing the power of the arts is key to nourishing the next generation of arts enthusiasts. Through programs like East County Strings and Latin Strings & Percussion, hundreds of middle school students enjoy tuition-free, after-school coaching from professional instrumentalists and the opportunity to participate in a large-scale public performance.  

“At Strathmore, we believe the arts do more than entertain—they inspire, ignite, and illuminate our lives. With our student ensembles, we strive to forge pathways and develop resources to unleash boundless creativity,” remarks Hazangeles. We invite you to explore the upcoming concerts and support the next generation of artists. 


Tue & Wed, May 9 & 10, 7pm
Sun, May 14, 2pm  

MCYO performs a multitude of amazing works that speak and present, through sound and music, true human essence and beauty!  


Strathmore thanks our lead supporters of MCYO:  

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation Endowment, and Edward Grossman and Rochelle Stanfield. 


Sat, June 3, 7:30pm  

Get ready for an unforgettable night of music and magic as SCC presents a Broadway revue, featuring beloved songs from some of the most popular musicals of all time! 




Sat, March 11, 2pm & 7:30pm  

Immerse yourself in lush musical landscapes as MCYO’s ensembles masterfully perform Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and a new, immersive retelling of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.