Ensuring children in every area of the country has access to an orchestra program.

  Our Approach:

Going county by county starting right here in the state of Virginia to offer an accessible string orchestra program in areas where string education is not currently offered in their school. Through partnerships with local public, private and homeschool groups alongside of a local music store, we are hitting the pavement to create, develop and maintain a community Youth Orchestra Program in each county.

For a small fee of $10.00 a week students will receive a hour long strings class with other children their age in their community, from an experienced, knowledge and qualified strings director.

    Our Story:

There should never be a reason a family has to decide between paying the rent or music lessons. I am a firm believer that the arts should be just as accessible to students as reading or math. So we are literally tearing down all the walls!

Financial assistance is available. Assistance with renting a high quality instrument

We will also have multiple groups based on levels of playing. None of these are auditioned based, with the exception of seating playing tests throughout the year. We will accept everyone, you just have to practice.

Meet the Family

Diana Traietta

Founder and Executive Director


Diana Traietta is a musician, violinist and educator hailing from the great state of New York. She studied music education and violin performance at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania where she was a performing member of the Marywood University Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, Diana has performed with the Piedmont Symphony in Warrenton, Virginia as well as the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and Atoka String Quartet in Fauquier County Virginia. She attended high school in New York where she developed her love for music and her passion for the violin. She has studied with Nancy Wegryzn, Martin Banner, and Ann Trombley. As an educator, Diana has taught all levels of string musicians and has overseen and directed two non-profit string youth orchestras in Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her instruments, riding her horses, gardening and baking!

In 2013 Mrs. Traietta began the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra, the experiences gained from this program made her realize that many more areas in the state of Virginia need access to quality  string music education. Youth Orchestra Alive is the launch of something amazing to promote and ensure that if a child would like to learn a string instrument they have the means to do so. 

Darlene Dawson 

Director of Strings Orange and Madison VA

Darlene is a native of Manassas, VA and began her musical studies on the violin in the fifth grade elementary school strings program. In music, she discovered a passion
for teaching and sharing the joy of making music with students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and a master’s degree in teaching from George Mason University. Her 34 year public school teaching career began with
Manassas City Public Schools in 1983 and continued there until she retired in June 2017 in order to become a full time Mawmaw for her three young grandchildren. Darlene was instrumental in building a strong orchestra program in MCPS with enrollments of several
hundred annually and groups consistently receiving Excellent and Superior ratings and first place awards at festivals and competitions. She was twice (2008 and 2016) selected as the nominee for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year award for her school. Darlene
has been a member of the Prince William Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra and the worship band at her church. She currently plays viola with the Rapidan Orchestra and violin or viola with the Manassas Chorale orchestra. She relocated from
Manassas to Orange, VA in 2016 and absolutely loves her new community. She is excited to help launch the Youth Orchestra Alive opportunity for the students of Orange County.

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