The Music and Arts Center at StrathmoreA home for the Arts.  Strathmore celebrates and nurtures art, artists, and community through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality.  This is the current home for MCYO and the National Philharmonic.
National Philharmonic Piotr Gajewski Music Director & Conductor in residence at Strathmore Music Center National Philharmonic – Learn more about one of our Washington’s most respected professional  orchestras.   The National Philharmonic is in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore.  Students age 7-17 attend the orchestra and chorale concerts free!
From the Top – A weekly NPR radio program featuring young classical musicians under 17 years of age.
NACAC Logo College FairsThe National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of 7,900 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. This link will take you to the Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs.
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County was created to promote, support and expand cultural activities in the county and to help integrate them into the lives of all residents.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras.
League of American Orchestras – The League of American Orchestras provides leadership and service to American orchestras while communicating to the public the value and importance of orchestras and the music they perform.
Levine School of Music – From age four months to 100 years, the Levine School offers an outstanding music education. Courses include private and group lessons in more than 20 instruments and voice for everyone– the beginner, lifelong amateur or budding virtuoso.
ASTA ASTA MD/DC – The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA’s members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers.
GuideStarSearch GuideStar’s database of more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations. The GuideStar Web site is produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1994. GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice with information.
Music Educators National Conference – “Working for the education of all America Children.”
Many useful resources, including college finder, and more.
Logo Red Small Maryland Music Educators AssociationInformation regarding All-State groups, and other related Maryland music activities.
[MCPS Web] Montgomery County Public SchoolsSearch for school info and  curriculum, including music, and much more. – This is an interactive guide through the orchestra designed for kids.  Sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra Leauge.
Kennedy Center The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge The mission of ARTSEDGE is to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum.
Arts Turning Kids Onto Art: A Teacher’s Guide This is another great resource for music or arts teachers.
The National Symphony Orchestra
Fun tour to Asia with the Orchestra. Also, neat videos and interviews with the musicians of the orchestra.
KidZone The New York Philharmonic Kidzone!
Explore the Philharmonic’s new interactive web site for kids (and their parents and teachers, too). Music! Games! History and fun!
Philadelphia International Music Festival
Students attending the 14-day Philadelphia International Music Festival, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, choose to participate in one of four primary programs: orchestral studies (up to seven orchestra levels), intense solo performance studies, college audition preparation, or piano studies with Hugh Sung, collaborative pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music. All programs include private lessons, solo performance opportunities, concerto competitions, an optional chamber music program, master classes, daily private practice, faculty recitals featuring principal players from The Philadelphia Orchestra, optional daily music studies including sight reading, ear training, music history, and more. PIMF includes a pre-college, college division, and a children’s division and is open to students of all ages and skill levels.

Luthiers and Shops

Here is a list of Luthiers and Instrument/Music Shops in the MD/DC/VA areas. If you’d like to add a shop or luthier to the list, please email

Location: Name: Contact: More Info:
DC (NW) Lemoine, John website String Instrument Luthier- tonal adjustments, repair and restorations
MD (Catonsville) Baltimore Brass website Winds specific instrument and repair shop
MD (Wheaton) Chuck Levin’s website Chuck Levin’s sells and rents instruments. Also does stringed instrument sales, rentals and repairs.
MD (College Park) Gailes Violin Shop website Stringed instrument, repair and rental shop.
MD (Gaithersburg) L & L Music Wind Shop website Winds specific instrument sales, rentals, lessons and repair shop
MD (Gaithersburg) Lashof Violins website Stringed instrument, repair and rental shop
MD (Silver Spring) Potter Violin Company website Stringed instrument, repair and rental shop
MD (Silver Spring) ZZ Ludwick Luthier website Violin maker, repair and sales shop (Also works with viola and cello)
VA (Alexandria) Brobst Violin Shop website Stringed instrument, repair and rental shop.
VA (Alexandria) Cohen, Donald website Bow Maker and Restorer. Also luthier work on stringed instruments.
VA (Purcellville) Henry, Joshua website Bow Maker and Restorer. Also luthier work on stringed instruments.
VA (The Plains) Wolf, Thomas Andres website Luthier specializing in Bass and Harpichord: repair and sales