About The Academy
the Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra (ASCYO) is a non-profit organization created in 2001 as an outreach ministry of Damascus United Methodist Church to youth and their families in the greater Washington, D.C. area. ASCYO is now an independent 501(c)3 organization.
The mission of ASCYO is to serve the community by providing opportunity for young musicians to grow spiritually and attain musical excellence through instruction, rehearsal and public performances of the great musical compositions of the past and present. The ASCYO hopes to encourage young people to make commitments to their faith and religious vocations in music and the arts by fostering an environment that reflects the Judaic and Christian traditions where prayer, music, theology, and caring fellowship are respected, revered, and practiced. Members are expected to respect faith traditions different from their own. The services provided to young people in music are given without regard to sex, race, religion, or national origin.
Five ensembles are under the umbrella of ASCYO: The Prep Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Orchestra; The Symphonic band, and Beginning Band Program. A brief description of each is listed below.
A string orchestra for beginning musicians. Music Grade 1-2.
A band for those students who have played the Beginning Band or for students who have had at least 2-3 years of Band experience.
Mr. Charles Doherty, director
A program for those students who have not played an instrument before, or students from other programs who are not yet at the Symphonic Band level. We will offer instruction on flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, trombone and percussion.
Mr. Ronold Vazquez – Woodwind
Mr. Charles Doherty – Brass
Mr. Scott Slaughter – Percussion