At Camp Fire Alaska, we take the responsibility of providing high quality programing for our enrolled youth and families seriously. When the possibility of a partnership with Alaska Youth Orchestras became a reality, we knew that the outcome would be exactly that. 


Alaska Youth Orchestras (AYO) is a local non-profit with the vision of building a community where music education and performance are valued and shared. They have a history creating meaningful work in our community dating back to 1965 and have continued to shape the music community in Alaska.  


Together with AYO, we are excited to announce our new After School Music pilot program that will be kicking off this September. After School Music puts AYO’s professional and collegiate trained teachers and performers at five Camp Fire School Age Program sites introducing classical music to K-6 graders and inspiring a love of music education and performance through guest artist visits, music appreciation, and free access to Alaska Youth Orchestras events. This includes free tickets to their AYO Celebration Concert that takes place at the Alaska Center of the Performing Arts.  


Through this partnership, Camp Fire Alaska can offer access to learning about composers, various musical instruments and their functionalities, and concert hall experiences to youth and their families while working with AYO to support their mission of instilling a love for classical music at a very early age. This new opportunity in Camp Fire programs gives children a chance to discover something new and find their spark.  


Youth enrolled in program at Denali, Government Hill, North Star, O’Malley, and Scenic Park will begin piloting this program completely free of cost as a part of their regular After School programming with us at Camp Fire Alaska.  


We look forward to getting this program on its feet! A huge thank you to Alaska Youth Orchestras Executive Director, Denise Brown-Chythlook, and her team for developing this program with us.