Fifty years ago, on January 31, 1971, the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra took the stage for its inaugural concert. This moment was a spark that ignited a refreshed legacy of music education at the DSO that now lives within fourteen classical and jazz ensembles that make up Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE). CYE50 infoWhether it’s our flagship youth orchestra or 3rd graders just beginning their journeys, our bucket band or jazz band, chamber music or wind ensembles, hundreds of youth make the DSO their musical home each year. Much of this growth was made possible through the years of visionary leadership from Clyde and Helen Wu. We are proud to honor their legacy through the Wu Family Academy of Learning and Engagement, which encompasses all the educational activities of the DSO.

These past several months have been challenging for everyone, but our students, teachers, staff, and musicians continue to be a beacon of hope. By developing creative new approaches to online learning, remote teaching, and streamed programming, we continue to offer a unique opportunity for music students at all skill levels. Through the generosity of DSO donors, we can offer this training regardless of a family’s financial resources.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate an incredible 50 years and look ahead to even brighter possibilities! Enjoy our new video below, learn more, share your own stories, purchase merchandise, and by entering "CYE50" in the donation comments, contribute to directly support the future of CYE. Together, we can ensure that every child in our region lives a musical life.


Anne Parsons
President & CEO
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David M. Wu, M.D.
Board of Directors, Chair of the Education Committee
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Caen Thomason-Redus
Senior Director of Community & Learning
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