Philadelphia Region Youth String Music

Gloria dePasquale, Director & Conductor
Andrea Weber, Conductor, PRYSM Young Artists

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PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) is a string music education program created in 2007 to offer a unique introduction and preparation for string students to acquire and build skills. PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artists provide string ensemble and sectional master class instruction for intermediate and beginning students in and around the mainline, with rehearsals hosted at Bryn Mawr College. Graduates of PRYSM have matriculated successfully into other PYO organization ensembles. Co-founded by the late William dePasquale, Co-Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, PRYSM is directed by Co-founding Director, Gloria dePasquale, current cellist for and member of the board of directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) offers:

  • Unparalleled instruction and performance opportunities for the region's beginning to intermediate string students.
  • Bi-monthly personalized instruction of string techniques in small instrument groupings.
  • Maximum educational support from accomplished professional faculty working under the direction of the highly respected Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Gloria dePasquale.
  • Rehearsal and performance opportunities alongside faculty, which helps to build performance techniques and confidence.
  • Outstanding preparation and a level of student achievement that is recognized by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Opportunities for ensemble performances at official Philadelphia Orchestra events.
  • Opportunities for students to become leaders in more advanced groups as they matriculate throughout the PYO offering of orchestras.
  • Venues for students to share their knowledge and talents through mentorship opportunities modeled on their experience with PRYSM.
  • A platform for students to enhance and supplement their collegiate and conservatory applications, making them strong candidates for acceptance into the most prestigious universities and conservatories around the world.

2016 - 2017 Season Repertoire

J.S. Bach
Copland / Bulla
Del Borgo
Holst / Hans
Joplin / Zinn
Mahler / Dackow
W.A. Mozart
W.A. Mozart / Hoffman
Saint-Saëns / Longfield





Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Romanian Folk Dances
“Hoe Down” from Rodeo
Dance Senario
Holberg Suite for Orchestra
Songs Without Words
The Entertainer
Second Movement from Symphony No. 1
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Theme from Havanaise
Meridian Passes
Souvenir de Florence




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