A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Music Strings

Our department works to encourage collaboration and creativity, and foster a supportive environment for musical and personal growth. We offer two large ensemble classes (string orchestra and Dreyfoos Philharmonic), two instrument technique classes, and a chamber music class which is a collaboration with the piano and band departments.    


The Award winning DSOA Jazz Studies Program is a nationally accomplished jazz education program within the Music Department at Dreyfoos. What started out as a before school jazz band has developed into a  program made up of two curricular Large Jazz Ensembles and several jazz combos/small ensembles that perform over 20 times a year. Students will perform, study, and be exposed to all the diverse music under the jazz umbrella as well as develop their jazz improvisation skills. The Jazz Studies Program is committed to providing our students with workshops/masterclasses with renowned Grammy Winning Guest Artists/ Educators, providing high quality performances, and providing life changing experience through our participation in national caliber jazz festivals.


DSOA Music Department students can choose to have Jazz Studies as a focus alongside their chosen Major.

2020-2021 Program Accomplishments:
2021 Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition, NYC – National Finalist
2021 Charles Mingus National “virtual” Jazz Festival, NYC – National Finalist
2021 Downbeat Magazine Annual Student Music Awards – Winners in 2 Categories
2021 National Jazz Festival, Philadelphia, PA
2021 National YoungArts – 4 students award winners
2021 Florida All-State Jazz Band – 3 students selected


Faculty information:
Christopher M. De León, Director of Jazz Studies
BME with a minor in Jazz Studies, The Ohio State University

Lexi Critchett