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About The Wu Family Academy

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.


2017 Civic Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition

Attention CYE Students! Register today for the 2017 Civic Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition! The winner of this competition will have the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra at the Wu Family Academy Showcase concert on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2 pm. The winner will also receive free CYE tuition for the 2017-2018 season, a four-concert subscription package to the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, and a $250 cash prize! The 2017 Wu Family Academy Concerto Competition is only open to current Civic Youth Ensemble students.

Click here for a complete list of rules. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 27, at 5 pm. Auditions will take place on Monday, February 13 between the hours of 5 and 9 pm.

Please fill out the online registration form if you wish to participate. Any questions you might have regarding the competition or the rules should be directed to the Wu Family Academy staff at 313.576.5060 or civic@dso.org.


Register for the Detroit Community Orchestra Today!

Did you play a stringed instrument in school and now you want to continue performing? Register for the New Detroit Community Orchestra today!

The Wu Family Academy’s Detroit Community Orchestra (DCO) is a string orchestra dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging space for adults to continue playing their instrument. Currently only open to violins, violas, cellos and basses—the DCO encourages you to dust off your fiddle and pick up right where you left off, rehearsing with friends and playing concerts while interacting and performing with DSO musicians!

The DCO is open to most playing levels, regardless of how long it’s been since you last picked up your instrument. However, a playing experience of at least 2-5 years is recommended.

> Register today!

> Download the 2016-2017 Detroit Community Orchestra Calendar


The Legacy of Clyde & Helen Wu

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.