Docent Education

Docent Education

So what is a Docent? Simply put a docent is a teacher. Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association docents not only teach, but also inspire and encourage Dayton area students to become future audience members.

DPVA docents insure that students attending Young People’s Concerts are well informed about the music they will hear at the concerts and are knowledgeable about the concert setting. This dedicated group of volunteers travel to each school attending the concert to present student- friendly lively previews of the performance. Once the actual concert day arrives they are present to greet students, help usher them to their seats, and wave a friendly goodbye as they exit.

Yet another important and unique docent effort is the “Orchestra and You” program for area second graders. This entire program was created by the DPVA docents and is a hands-on first introduction to the orchestra utilizing life-size Lucite model instruments. This program has consistently earned the DPVA docent program recognition and awards at the national conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

If you are interested in becoming a docent, please contact Ard Crum at or fill out the convenient form at the bottom of this page.

Docent Training

Docent Training is held several times each year. At these sessions, Docents participate in a very informative discussion with Dayton Philharmonic Conductors Neal Gittleman or Patrick Reynolds. They also receive instruction in the various programs that we present to school children.

If you are interested in becoming a docent, please contact Ard Crum at


  • 2020-2021 date to be announced in the spring.

Seminars begin at 9:00 am and are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave, Oakwood.