The vision of the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is to change lives by expanding the understanding of the arts, empowering everyone to have confidence in their creative decisions, and sparking a passion for music that will last a lifetime. We aim to change lives - whether as a hobby or a career - through life-long music making.
Through live and digital partnerships, hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, the Wu Family Academy will cultivate relationships that will change lives today, and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow.
Discover the Wu Family Academy
• Civic Youth Ensembles
• WFA Directors
Civic Youth Ensembles
Since 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) have provided Michigan's musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE's two-fold mission is to cultivate every student's artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while continuing to develop meaningful skills outside of the arts.
CYE Faculty believe music can provide youth with the necessary tools to develop important life skills: critical and analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork. They believe that students can discover success no matter what path in life they choose.
Information for Wu Family Academy Students
Reporting an Absence
To report an absence, late arrival or early departure you must submit an attendance notification form. Students must report an absence at least two weeks in advance. For emergency absences please fill out a request form (at your earliest convenience), in addition to emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide as much notice as possible.
For more detailed information about WFA’s policies and procedures, please download and review our handbooks.
• 2015-16 DSYO Handbook (DSYO Only)
• 2015-16 CYE Handbook (All other ensembles)
Wu Family Academy Presents: Civic Jazz Live!
Friday, January 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM
The Civic Jazz Orchestra
Wu Family Academy Showcase
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7 PM
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 7 PM
The Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra &
The Detroit Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble
Wu Family Academy Presents: The Civic Youth Ensemble Experience
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2 PM
Arco String Orchestra
Creative Jazz Ensemble
Sinfonia String Orchestra
Concert Jazz Band
Detroit Children’s Choir
Clyde & Helen Wu
More than half a century ago, a promising young pianist gave a recital in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, a young doctor sat in the audience and was mesmerized by her beauty and her talent. Following the recital, Dr. Clyde Wu introduced himself to that pianist, Helen, which sparked a great love that led to a lifetime of partnership in service to the community and dedication to musical education.
Clyde was a regarded physician by profession, steeped in the classical tradition through Helen’s musical career. His quiet countenance masked a deep understanding for music’s transformative qualities, as he proved to be the ideal candidate for leading the DSO's Education Committee as chairman. Together with Helen, Clyde went on to steer his committee in the development of a music education program that has since touched countless young lives.
Clyde and Helen Wu's vision has principally guided the DSO’s achievements in music training. The DSO is proud to carry on their relentless belief in music's power to transform a child's life through what is now aptly named the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement, offering a broad range of educational programs for all ages and backgrounds.
The DSO welcomes hundreds of student musicians each week as they hone their musical acumen, nurture the seeds of teamwork and develop focus that will serve them throughout their lifetime—exercising music's ability to inform, to enrich and perhaps most importantly, to delight.