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at duke ellington Conservatory
of music & art at Beckham academy


Launched in the fall of 2017, the new Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble joins thirteen current student ensembles organized by the DSO’s Wu Family Academy through its Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) program. The DSO offers this opportunity completely free of charge to students, including an instrument and all materials, and commits to providing scholarships throughout their participation in Civic Youth Ensembles. Unlike the DSO’s other CYE ensembles, this is an entry-level opportunity and no prior musical experience will be necessary.

CYE gives students opportunities to receive instrumental performance instruction and play in an ensemble setting, as well as provides access to DSO musicians for teaching and mentoring.

To increase access to instrumental performance instruction for students in Detroit who would not otherwise have a pathway to pursue music education, the DSO has implemented a more intense recruitment effort for the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble and host auditions at local schools to attract a broader range of participants. The Dresner Allegro Ensemble is an afterschool program at the Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art in Detroit under the direction of their teacher Sean Patton, and teaching artists Leslie DeShazor and Ashley Nelson.