Paul Smith, Director
Tune Up Philly offers a differentiated musical curriculum that was created to meet the specific needs of students living in challenging social and economic conditions, with a focus on effecting meaningful community change. The program offers children in underserved communities an opportunity to learn and perform orchestral music and make a true difference within their communities, both through the use of music and through a purposeful connection with others.
Tune Up Philly offers:
- A differentiated musical curriculum created to meet the specific needs of individual students living in challenging social and economic conditions.
- The opportunity to work under Director Paul Smith, who has worked tirelessly since 2011 to develop TUP into the successful program that it is today.
- A focus on true community change, with instruction offered within the most underserved communities/demographics of any Philadelphia area programming.
- Opportunities for students to perform in locations both within students’ neighborhoods and elsewhere in high-profile Philadelphia venues.
- Opportunities for students to truly connect across neighborhoods and communities through a large-scale orchestra.
- Opportunities for students to be impactful on their surrounding community while gaining skills that will assist them in a lifetime of employment outside of performance.
- A partnership with community members (e.g., Food Trust collaboration) whose presence has positively impacted local business.
- A forum for connecting advancing students with additional learning and performance opportunities throughout Philadelphia.
- One-on-one assistance for families enrolling in peer music organizations. Develops skills to succeed in the competitive high-school-application process.
2014 – 2015 Season Repertoire
Gamble & Huff
French Folk Song
New World Theme for Orchestra
Star Spangled Banner
Eye of the Tiger
Allegro for Orchestra
Allegro in D
Long, Long, Ago
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
When the Saints Go Marching
Come and Get Your Love
America, the Beautiful
Ain’t No Sunshine
Just the Two of Us