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The ASCYO is an outreach music ministry of Damascus United Methodist Church to youth and their families in the greater Washington, D.C. area. There are six ensembles under the umbrella of ASCYO: three orchestras, two bands and a beginning woodwind and brass program.​

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 trad​itions 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. ​


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ASCYO Ensembles​



YOUTH ORCHESTRA

A full symphonic orchestra for advanced students performing major symphony literature. Music Grade 5-6+. ​


Rev. Walter G. Edmonds, conductor





 




​Chamber orchestra

​A full orchestra for intermediate level students. Music Grade 3-4.


Mr. CHARLES DOHERTY,conductor










PREP Orchestra​

​A string orchestra for beginning musicians. Music Grade 1-2.


Mr. Jon LOUTHIAN, conductor

 






SYMPHONIC band

​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









BEGINNING BAND

​A program for those students who have not played an instrument before, or students from other programs who are not yet at the Concert Band level. We will offer instruction on flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, trombone and percussion.


Instrumental Teachers:
Mr. Ronold Vazquez – Woodwind
Mr. Charles Doherty – Brass
Mr. Scott Slaughter – Percussion​



FLUTE CHOIR

A chamber music ensemble for intermediate to early advanced flute students.

MRS. JOAN FURLANI & MRS. ANNA LUTHER, DIRECTORS

​​Rehearsals

Tuesday
5:15​pm - 6:00pm - Beginning Band
​​Tuesday5:15pm - 6:00pm - Woodwinds
Tuesday5:30pm - 6:30pm - Symphonic Band
​​Tuesday6:00pm - 7:00pm - Prep Orchestra
Tuesday​​
6:15pm - 7:15pm - Advance Band​​​​​​​​​
Tuesday​​
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Flute Choir
Tuesday​​
7:00pm - 8:30pm - Chamber Orchestra​​​​​​​​​
Tuesday​​
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Youth Orchestra

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​​The Academy of Saint Cecil​​ia 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.​

Six ensembles are under the umbrella of ASCYO: The Prep Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Orchestra; The Symphonic band,  Concert Band and Beginning Band Program. A brief description of each is listed below.​


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