The Blues Alley cadet orchestra program was launched in 2017 as an off-shoot of our regular, year-round youth orchestra. The program was created for those young student musicians who either failed to arrive on time to attend our annual orchestra audition or failed to qualify for the audition but would like to improve their musical skills for a potential possibility to perform. The cadet program is conducted by our music director Michael Bowie and hosted at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

The program meets twice monthly on Saturdays between 12-2:00 pm. St. Mary’s Church is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood across from the George Washington University campus and two blocks north of the subway station bearing its neighborhood name. The cost of tuition is $275.00 for eleven (11) bi-monthly sessions with supplemental public performances throughout the school year.