The Youth Music Preservation and Promotion Association is proud to present

The 10th Edition of
Loudoun, Virginia
June 30 – July 7, 2015

Dear Musician,

It is our immense pleasure to invite you to apply to participate in this year’s International Youth Orchestra and Chorus. We are excited to be programming an event which will count with the participation of 200 young and professional musicians of over a dozen countries of the Americas.

The event begins on June 30, when the International and out-of-state US musicians arrive in Loudoun. Rehearsals will be held July 1 – 3, and concerts on July 4 – 6.

Our mission is to offer the musicians and opportunity to share their cultural and musical experiences. The concerts and demonstrations by the orchestras also represent a new opportunity for the community to appreciate the universal classical repertoire.

The event also provides an opportunity for local young musicians to work with internationally recognized orchestra conductors and professional musicians.

We hope you will join us as we create cultural bridges with music. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance in making this journey a reality for you.


Gabriela Bohnett
Artistic Director
(703) 628-2589

2015 International Youth Orchestra and Chorus Event Schedule

DAY ONE: Tuesday, June 30


International Musicians arriving in Dulles Airport (IAD) will be greeted by YMPPA staff and volunteer host families and transported to their home away from home. Welcome also out-of-state US Participants!

DAY TWO: Wednesday, July 1

FULL DAY OF REHEARSALS (9:00am-6:00pm)

The 120-member orchestra will rehearse under the direction of conductors and teachers. Chorus rehearsal schedule TBD. Internal schedule includes snacks and lunch breaks.
DAY THREE: Thursday, July 2

FULL DAY OF REHEARSALS (9:00am-6:00pm)

Sectionals will be held. Full afternoon rehearsal will depend on progress at sectionals.

DAY FOUR: Friday, July 3

FULL DAY OF REHEARSALS (9:00am-6:00pm)

Full orchestra, full chorus rehearsals. First Friday evening event to be held in Leesburg.
DAY FIVE: Saturday, July 4


Parade in Leesburg followed by family event/concert.

DAY SIX: Sunday, July 5


More details to come.
DAY SEVEN: Monday, July 6


More details to come.

DAY EIGHT: Tuesday, July 7


Host families drop off International Participants at the airport 3 hours prior to departure time.
Repertoire 2015
» GERSHWIN –Cuban Overture
» HAYDN—Symphony No. 104, 4th Movement
» VON SUPPE-- Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien
» MARQUEZ –Danzon No. 2
» BIZET—March of the Toreadors (from Carmen)/Choral
» VERDI –Va Pensiero (From Nabucco) /Choral
» TCHAIKOVSKY –1812 Overture /Choral

Program is subject to change.

The Youth Music Preservation and Promotion Association is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization established in Leesburg in December 2003, with the mission of promoting, supporting, sponsoring and organizing music programs for children and youth. The YMPPA programs are modeled after the Venezuelan System of Youth Orchestras, which has proved that music can be an effective way to create change for the better in society.

YMPPA Mission Statement

With music education as our priority, YMPPA creates opportunities for young musicians to experience life changing performance programs and events. We seek to provide opportunities for cultural growth and exchange through participation in our programs. We strive to expand these opportunities to underserved children and youth.

Gabriela Bohnett, Artistic Director

Gabriela Bohnett is a product of the Venezuelan National Music System. Through high school in her native Barquisimeto she performed with the Lara State Youth Orchestra, and then with the Chacao Symphony Orchestra during her college years in Caracas. After completing her musical studies in Conservatorios de Musica “Vicente Emilio Sojo” and “Jacinto Lara”, in Venezuela, Ms. Bohnett moved to the United States where she studied Education and Curriculum, and completed studies in conducting, violin performance and violin pedagogy in Catholic University of America, George Mason University and Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) and of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is regularly invited to conduct youth orchestras all over the Americas. In December 2003, Bohnett founded the YMPPA, dedicated to extend the wonders of classical music to the broader community.

USA-TEAM / Instrumentalists (Loudoun)

Local musicians (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) of intermediate/advanced level and ages 8-20 are invited to audition to become a part of the USA-Team, a local symphonic ensemble which will serve as the “host orchestra” for the event. Auditions will be held on February 14 and 15, 2015. Once accepted, musicians will be prompted to register at Eventbrite.

USA-TEAM / Chorus (Loudoun)

Local singers, ages 8 – 20, are invited to audition to become a part of the chorus which will perform with the International Youth Orchestra. MORE DETAILS TO COME.


Young musicians, of advanced level and ages 10-20, are invited to audition to participate in the International Youth Orchestra. Audition consists of an email containing the following information: Musician’s name, age, address, best contact number, parents’ name and contact phone numbers and emails, with an attachment of an unedited recording of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, Mov. 4. If you have any questions regarding the audition/participation, please email us. Music is available at:

Symphony No.104 in D major, Haydn, Joseph

Once audition has been evaluated and approved, you will be prompted to register at Eventbrite. We will also provide you with a list of local hotels so you can plan your accommodations for your visit in Loudoun, Virginia.


Young musicians/delegations of young musicians, ages 10-20, of advanced level, from over a dozen different countries of the Americas will audition to participate. These musicians will be hosted by volunteer host families. More details in the “Convocatoria Internacional”, available upon request.


All international musicians, conductors and chaperones are hosted by local volunteer families. Host families’ responsibilities are:

• To pick up/drop off guests at Dulles International Airport upon-arrival/at-departure
• To provide room and board during their stay in Loudoun (June 30-July 7)
• To provide transportation to and from rehearsals and concerts
• To enjoy a wonderful cultural exchange experience!

Many families are needed. Families of participating local musicians are especially encouraged to participate in this capacity. Hosting enhances the local musicians’ learning experience and promotes international camaraderie in the orchestra. USA-TEAM musicians whose families host, enjoy a $100 discount in tuition.

Contact Us

US-Inquiries: Gabriela Bohnett, +1 (703) 628-2589,

INTERNATIONAL Inquiries: Jose Martinez, 001 52 5543886705,

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