DPAA Educational Programs


Since 1934, the Dayton Philharmonic has provided an introduction to the wonders of classical music through its man­y Education Programs. Today, we serve over 50,000 children in twelve counties. Last year, members of the orchestra, youth orchestras, and volunteer organization participated in more than 1,2­00 engagements and partnered with over 250 schools!  Beyond Ohio, the League of America Orchestras recognizes the DPAA Education Department and its programs for depth and innovation.

The DPAA Education Department provides a comprehensive array of programs, series, and concerts that address differing grade levels, learning styles, and teacher requirements. Programs feature concerts conducted by Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds or Artistic Director Neal Gittleman. Some concerts feature the DPO; others feature our student orchestras.

Our highly acclaimed SPARK Program (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) brings in-depth, cross-curricular programs to eight partner schools. Our overall education activities include In-School, Field Trip, and Extra-Curricular Programs.

In the brochure PDF, you will also find information detailing Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet educational programs. Visit the Dayton Ballet School here and the Dayton Opera On The Road program here.

All together, we provide a wide selection of programs that suit a variety of education requirements.

Our mission is to bring music to kids in various ways. We want the largest number of children possible to benefit from the considerable advantage of having one of the nation’s best professional symphony orchestras right here in the Miami Valley community.

Meet our Director of Education

Ruth RevealRuth Reveal is the new Director of Education for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Ruth develops and manages all DPAA education programs, holds administrative responsibility for the youth orchestras, and coordinates DPVA education programs. A Dayton native, Ruth is an alumna of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Muse Machine.

Previously, Ruth was the Executive Director of the Ater School Arts Program in Pittsburg, Kansas, where she developed and orchestrated a bi-weekly arts program for elementary students. Ruth earned her teaching license through the New Teacher’s Project and taught secondary science in Chicago Public Schools, while also serving as a science curriculum writer and department chair.

Ruth graduated from Agnes Scott College with a dual degree in Neuroscience and Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Music, Mind & Brain from Goldsmith College, University of London.