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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.

Join a 2017-2018 Detroit Community Ensemble!

Did you play a musical instrument in school and now you want to continue performing? The Wu Family Academy is searching for members to make up the Detroit Community Orchestra and Band!

The Wu Family Academy’s Detroit Community Ensembles are dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging space for adults to continue playing their instrument. The Detroit Community Ensembles encourages you to dust off your instrument and pick up right where you left off, rehearsing with friends and playing concerts while interacting and performing with DSO musicians!

The Detroit Community Ensembles are open to most playing levels, regardless of how long it’s been since you last picked up your instrument. A playing experience of at least 2 years is recommended, but not required. We’re currently looking to fill all orchestral instruments, including: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion.

> Register for the 2017-18 Detroit Community Ensembles

2018 CYE Concerto Competition

The Civic Youth Ensembles is pleased to announce the 2018 CYE Concerto Competition! The winner will receives a prize package and have the opportunity to perform their concerto with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra at their Showcase concert on February 25, 2018. Open only to current CYE members.

> 2018 Concerto Competition Rules

> Register for the 2018 Concerto Competition

DSO Instrument Drive

Do you have an instrument collecting dust who could use a new home and a new life? Consider donating it to the DSO Instrument Drive! We are looking for all school instruments from violins to guitars to give them to a student in need. Consider dropping them off at one of our official collection locations below!

First United Church of Jesus Christ: 8809 Joy Rd. Detroit, MI 48204
Drop-off times: Every Wednesday: 1:30pm - 5pm; every 3rd Saturday: 11am - 3pm
Phone: 313.834.8811

The D String: 1525 Adelaide St. Detroit, MI 48207
Drop off dates: Monday, August 21, 2017 and ongoing
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 11am - 6pm, Wednesday 11am - 7pm, Thursday and Friday 11am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, and Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Grosse Pointe War Memorial: 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Drop off dates: Monday, August 28, 2017 through Friday, September 2, 2017
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm

Christ Church: 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Drop-off dates: Monday, September 18, 2017 and ongoing
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30pm - 5pm

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: 3711 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
(Enter through stage doors at rear of building.)

Your donation may be tax-deductible; Internal Revenue Service guidelines require that you confer with your tax advisor regarding the value and deductibility of your in-kind gift.

Become a Civic Youth Ensembles Mentor

The Wu Family Academy at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is searching for qualified music majors and graduates to become Civic Youth Ensemble mentors for the 2017-2018 season. As a Civic Youth Ensembles mentor, you will gain valuable teaching and performance experiences needed for a successful career in music performance and education.

CYE mentors support their sections by leading sectionals, assigning parts, advising directors and working with students in need of additional help. Each mentorship offers a monthly stipend and provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in music education and performance at one of the oldest and most innovative orchestras in the United States.

Positions are available for all string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Jazz positions are also available. Contact Nelson Rodriguez-Parada at nrodriguez@dso.org with any other questions.

> CYE Mentor Application

‣ Must be enrolled in or have recently graduated from a university music program with completion of at least four semesters in music education or performance;
‣ Demonstrate playing and teaching experience with at least two references;
‣ Apply by September 1, 2017.

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.