Join Us

The interPLAY Orchestra is Performance-based
Join Us as an Adult With and Without Cognitive and/or Physical Disabilities


Most interPLAY Orchestra members have moderate to mild cognitive disabilities that often make it difficult to learn to read and play music in the conventional way. We give them the opportunity to express themselves in the universally understood language of music.

The interPLAY Orchestra employs unconventional teaching techniques that enhance cognitive, social and motor skills. Many of our players do not have access to therapies that address their continual need for cognitive and physical development.

The Orchestra plays a wide repertoire of music including classical, jazz, Broadway, folk, light and grand opera, vocal and drumming. Orchestra members learn to play professional percussion, tonal and folk instruments from around the world and enjoy the exhilaration of vocal music, solo and ensemble.

The Orchestra plays a wide repertoire of music including classical, jazz, Broadway, folk, light and grand opera, vocal and drumming

Who Can Join?

Adults ages 21 and over with cognitive disabilities are eligible to interview with staff. Minimum requirements for participation are the ability to:

  1. Count to 10 expressively or receptively
  2. Understand and follow the verbal and gestural cues of the conductor
  3. Produce sound from an instrument
  4. Regulate behavior during rehearsals and concert performances

Orchestra members must have reliable transportation to attend weekly rehearsals and concerts.

Currently, we have adult music performers with PRIMARY intellectual disabilities, and some with additional physical impairments such as cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, visual challenges, dyslexia, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

Cost for Adults With Cognitive and/or Physical Disabilities

There is a yearly cost for participation.

The interPLAY Orchestra members play professional percussion and traditional instruments from all over the world

As a Volunteer

“Bandaide” Volunteer

Musically educated volunteers (ages 16 and over) may assist Orchestra members when necessary, and play alongside them. Volunteers are asked to commit to a year of Monday night rehearsals from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., plus three concerts a year. Please contact us for further information and to sign-up.

Guest Performer

We are always looking for guest artists to participate in our performances. We have worked with conductors and musical artists with both national and local reputations. Please contact us for details.

Write Original Music for the Orchestra to Perform

The interPLAY Orchestra is interested in playing your original music, and for your participation in performing it! Original music must include basic percussion, and can include orchestra accompaniment. Please contact us for details.

More Information

For more information on the interPLAY Orchestra, joining our group or volunteering, please contact our music line at (301) 678-3880 or e-mail

Adults age 23 and over with cognitive disabilities are eligible to interview with the interPLAY Orchestra staff