Community Bulletin
Saturday, January 21, 2006  


College Park Arts Exchange Introduces the CPYO

College Park
Youth Orchestra

for Strings

Kenneth Whitley, Conductor

About the orchestra
The College Park Youth Orchestra was created in 2006 to provide ensemble and reading experience for school age string players from an early to intermediate level.  CPYO is a program of the College Park Arts Exchange and is supported by parent and teacher volunteers.

About the conductor
Kenneth Whitley received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Performance degrees from the University of Michigan.  He spent nine years with the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program where he served as both conductor and cello instructor.  In 1992 he helped found and became director of the Mount Royal Symphonic Orchestra, a non-profit organization that offered musical instruction to children who would not otherwise have been able to learn.  He has been guest conductor for the InterSchools Orchestra of New York and the Junior Philharmonic of Tokyo, and festival conductor and adjudicator throughout Maryland and Virginia.  Mr. Whitley lives in Baltimore where he oversees the Middle School Music Program and directs two vocal ensembles at The Bryn Mawr School.  He lives with his wife, Jane Cromwell, and son, Cooper.

Is it for you?
Members are expected to have reading skills that include, at minimum, knowledge of all the notes in first position; the common rhythmic note values of quarter, eighth, half, and whole notes; and their equivalent rests; and a comfortable physical setup.  Suzuki students should be working in Book 2 and beyond.  Members must be having lessons, either privately or in a group, apart from the orchestra.

Calendar — Spring Session 2006
Rehearsals — 4:00-5:30pm on Sundays

February 5 and 19
March 5 and 26
April 9 and 23
May 7
May 21

The Old Parish House, on the corner of Knox Road and Dartmouth Avenue in College Park, Maryland

Tuition for the Spring Session is $125.00, due at or before the second meeting on February 19.  Checks should be made payable to "College Park Arts Exchange".  Students may attend the first meeting at no charge as a free trial.  However, registration by January 30 is advised as the number of seats is limited.

Other requirements
Members should:

  • Bring a music stand, instrument, and music in the orchestra folder to each rehearsal.
  • Arrive early.  Be present and seated, with instruments ready, at the starting time. 
  • Be picked up promptly.
  • Behave appropriately.
  • Attend all rehearsals.

    Return completed applications to

    College Park Arts Exchange
    PO Box 784
    College Park, MD 20741


    The College Park Arts Exchange is a non-profit organization supporting arts and humanities activities in College Park, Maryland, through collaborative partnerships and innovative programming.

    Connecting People through Arts Experiences
    Music makes friends!

    - Posted by College Park Arts Exchange   301-927-3013



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