News + Events Archive

PYO and The Philadelphia Orchestra Pair For a Unique Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Each year The Philadelphia Orchestra invites one youth orchestra to their annual Side-by-Side Rehearsal. This year, the aspiring musicians in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will have this outstanding opportunity to learn from the best as they share the Verizon Hall stage with the world-renowned musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Under the direction of Maestro Cristian Măcelaru, PYO’s developing musicians will connect with their professional counterparts for one-on-one coaching and mentoring while rehearsing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2017/18 Season

Now in its 78th season, The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) has a full schedule of performances for its six program divisions. One of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in America, PYO is dedicated to excellence, transformative education, and access for student instrumentalists. The talented musicians in each ensemble gain exceptional musical training with many opportunities to perform that showcase the musicians.

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PYO Continues Successful Young Composers Competition

Continuing the success of the Inaugural Young Composers Competition (YCC) of The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Maestro Louis Scaglione, the President and Music Director of PYO, is pleased to announce the second annual Young Composers Competition for the 2017-2018 season. This competition gives young, gifted composers, age 18 to 24, an opportunity to premiere his or her orchestral piece with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
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WHYY-TV Producer, Karen Smyles, Wins Emmy Award® For PYO Feature Program

Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), is thrilled for WHYY-TV Producer Karen Smyles, who received the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® award for a program about PYO. The Emmy Awards® are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences each year. Smyles’s feature entitled “A Passion for Music” was recognized in the education/schools program feature or segment category. It appeared on WHYY’s “Friday Arts” program.
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Auditions for the 2017-2018 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Auditions for Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), one of the nation’s most respected youth orchestra institutions, will take place between September 8 and 11, 2017. Young and talented wind, string, brass, percussion and harp players ages 6 to 21 will have the opportunity to obtain membership in these unique program divisions: the flagship Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) and the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO). Training tomorrow’s leaders, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization engages young musicians from the tri-state region in pursuing musical excellence through learning responsibility, discipline, and character skills that enable students to build future success. 
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PYO Recognizes Seven Students Who Participated in NYO-USA 2017

Seven students in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) were selected to participate in this summer’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO) by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  The Institute has brought together 115 outstanding young musicians, 16-19 years of age, from across the country to form the NYO of 2017. This summer’s program culminates in the orchestra’s first-ever tour of Latin America, with performances in Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia.
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Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth names first cohort of PMAY Artists

On Wednesday, June 14, partners in the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY), along with Mayor Jim Kenney and Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee, gathered at City Hall to celebrate the 75 young musicians who have been named the first cohort of PMAY Artists. These students—who are rising 5th through 12th graders from underrepresented communities—were selected following a series of juried auditions, and will go on to receive financial support, specialized intensive instruction, and professional mentoring in order to prepare them for a career in the classical music field.

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Dimitri Kauriga Named as Grand Prize Winner of 2017 Ovation Award

Music teacher Dimitri Kauriga, of Southampton, PA who taught more than 30 years at Philadelphia High School for Girls, had many supporters in the audience when he was named as the grand prize winner in the Fourth Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Ovation Award in a surprise presentation. It took place in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. during the 77th Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Festival Concert. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education has been honoring excellence in music instruction since its inaugural year in 2014.

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PYO 77th Annual Festival Concert: June 4th, Verizon Hall

Over 100 PYO students, ages 14-21, will be joined by many guests including Violinist Michael Ludwig, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale and soloists Alexandra Nowakowski, Soprano, Eric Rieger, Tenor, and John Viscardi, Baritone. In addition, the PYO will perform the winning composition “III. Secretly Ramses the Second” by Alan Mackwell, the winner of the Inaugural Young Composers Competition.
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Sarina Marone Selected For Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship

This summer, Sarina Marone of Vineland, NJ, a gifted harpist from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), was one of ten students nationwide to be selected for a 2017 Anthony Quinn Foundation (AQF) Scholarship. She has received the Philip G. Stanley Memorial Scholarship of the AQF sponsored by George McCarron. Marone is one of the few musicians selected from across the country to be awarded this competitive scholarship from the AQF. 

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PYMO Inaugural Festival Concert: May 27th, Temple Performing Arts Center

The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) will present its Inaugural Festival Concert on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. This event takes place at the Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 North Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Conducted by PYMO Director Kenneth Bean, PYMO will perform Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne Suite No. I”; J. Strauss’ “The Blue Danube”; Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture”; Mascagni & Bean’s “Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana”; and Verdi’s “Overture to Nabucco”.

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PYAO 22nd Annual Festival Concert: May 21st with Student Soloist, Danny Bishop

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) members, ages 12 to 18, will present its 22nd Annual Festival Concert on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
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PRYSM 10th Annual Festival Concert: May 13th, Haverford School

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles will showcase their talents at the 10th Annual PRYSM Festival Concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. It will be held in Centennial Hall at the Haverford School, located at 750 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA.

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Bravo Brass: 14th Annual Festival Concert, May 13th, "Brass on Stage"

The talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Bravo Brass ensemble will hold their 14th Annual Festival Concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The all-brass ensemble consists of promising high school and college-aged instrumentalists.  The performance will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust Street in Philadelphia, PA and will feature the music of Bizet, Gershwin, and Wagner.

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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Announces Auditions for 2017 – 2018 Season

The nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 concert season that will recruit student musicians for five of its program ensembles.
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Two Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Students Selected for NYO2

Two Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization musicians have been selected for the three-week summer program known as NYO2, an extension of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of the USA. They are Antonis Christou, 16, double bass student musician who lives in Mooretown, NJ and a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), and Peirce Ellis, 14, viola student musician from Philadelphia who is a member of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO). 
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PYO Announces Winners of Young Composer Competition

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) has named the winners of its inaugural Young Composers Competition, which called for composers ages 18 to 22 to submit original orchestra scores. The winners were selected by PYO’s music director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, and the director of the Young Composers Competition, Sheridan Seyfried, who is a Philadelphia-based composer, and a PYO alumnus as well as a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon and Ned Rorem.
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Seven PYO Students Accepted Into The National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Each summer, the country’s most gifted young musicians are chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) of America. This year, seven Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) students have been selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 NYO-USA. The PYO students who have been chosen from PA are: Fiyi Adebekun, violin, of Lansdale, Allyson Cohen, violin, of Narberth, Isabella Egawa, violin, of Bala Cynwyd, Johnny May, violin, of Penn Valley and Joy Zhao, cello, of Chalfont. The student from DE is Conor McAvinue, violin, of Wilmington, and the student from NJ is Daniel Kim, clarinet, of Skillman.
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Nolan Wenik Awarded the 2017 Leitzinger Bassoon Competition Education Prize

Nolan Wenik of Willow Grove, a gifted bassoonist from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), will receive the 2017 Leitzinger Bassoon Competition Education Prize. Nolan won high praise from the judges during the competition with his performance, earning a full scholarship to the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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PYAO returns to the Perelman Theater on Sunday, March 12th

The gifted members of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra will display their talent at a concert on Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located at Broad and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, PA.

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Bravo Brass Presents “Ye Olde Brass" in Philadelphia on March 4th

Returning to the beautiful St. Mark’s Church in Center City Philadelphia, the talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Bravo Brass ensemble will present a concert titled “Ye Olde Brass” on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features music of English Elizabethan composers William Byrd, John Bull, Giles Farnaby, Orlando Gibbons, and others. St. Mark’s is located at 1625 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA.
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Bravo Brass Presents “Ye Olde Brass” in Burlington, NJ on March 5th

The talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Bravo Bass ensemble will present a concert titled “Ye Olde Brass” on Sunday, March 5 at 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, they will perform, once again, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 145 West Broad Street in Burlington, NJ. The concert features music of English Elizabethan composers William Byrd, John Bull, Giles Farnaby, Orlando Gibbons, and others performed in the historic beauty St. Mary's. The Parish with its Anglican roots and traditions is home to the oldest church building in New Jersey, the 17th oldest in the nation, and the first cruciform church built in the United States. Mayor Conaway of Burlington City and Mary Anne Bell, Superintendent of Burlington Twnshp. Board of Education will be special guests in the audience.
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PYO Now Accepting 2017 Ovation Award Nominations

Every participant in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra – students and directors alike – know that music makes a profound impact on a person’s life and it is often the music teacher who deserves the credit for this. Now, for the fourth year, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is proud to present The Fourth Annual “PYO OVATION Award – for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education.” It is endowed by H.E.L.P.® Foundation and sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, J.W. Pepper and WRTI-90.1 FM.
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PYO Alumna Hannah Nicholas named Principal Viola in Central City Opera

The very talented Hannah Nicholas, a Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) alumna, was appointed Principal Viola in the Central City Opera Orchestra in Colorado.  She also performs as Principal Viola with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicholas was a member of PYO from 2001 to 2006 and she grew up in the Haverford section of Main Line Philadelphia. 

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Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made an unprecedented grant to a cohort of ten music education organizations in Philadelphia, with the end goal of increasing diversity in the professional classical music field. This multi-year, $2.532 million grant will identify and support the region’s most committed young musicians to ensure they are college ready and that they have the skills necessary to excel in conservatory, college, or university as music majors.
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PYO returns to Verizon Hall on February 12th

The talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will perform on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. Conducted by Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the PYO organization, it will take place in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia.
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PRYSM performs at The Haverford School on February 4th

After months of practice, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) will showcase their skills at the upcoming PRYSM concert on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 3 p.m.
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PYO violinist, Stephanie van Dujin receives $7,500 scholarship

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Stephanie van Duijn received a $7,500 BIG ARTS SANIBEL CLASSICAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP this winter to support the continuation of her violin studies.
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10 PYO Students Place in the All-City Concerto Competition

Being named to The School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Music Program is a great honor, and this year 10 members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) have competed and have received honors in the All-City Concerto Competition.
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WRTI Broadcast for January 29, 2017 at 4pm

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), is pleased to announce the PYO Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. Hosted by WRTI’s Jack Moore, the broadcast includes an interview with Maestro Scaglione and presents the performance from November 20, 2016 of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
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PYO Receives First Grant from William Penn Foundation

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), is pleased to announce that the PYO organization is the recipient of its first grant from the William Penn Foundation. The two-year grant of $82,500 will support expansion of Tune Up Philly (TUP), now in its seventh season. Tune Up Philly provides after-school music instruction to over 220 students in 10 teaching sites in under-resourced communities throughout Philadelphia.
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Three PYO Students Win Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization, is proud to announce that three of their students have been named scholarship recipients of the 7TH ANNUAL PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION Presented by the Rotary Club of Pottstown, PA.
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PYO Students Selected For The 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

Maestro Louis Scaglione, the President and Music Director of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), is pleased to announce that five talented young musicians from the organization have been selected to participate in the 2016 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles. Scaglione is extremely proud of this talented group of young musicians.
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Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra 2016-2017 Season Opening Concert

The musically gifted students (age 12 to 18) of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) will perform their first concert of the 2016-2017 season on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 3 p.m. The concert will take place at Temple Performing Arts Center located at 1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin, PYAO is an ensemble of the prestigious Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

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A Center City Holiday Concert in Brass … “Russian Christmas”

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra presents a “Russian Christmas” with the student brass players of the BRAVO BRASS ensemble. This annual holiday concert takes place on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity located at 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Conducted by Paul Bryan, the Director of Bravo Brass who is the Dean of Faculty and Students of the Curtis Institute of Music, Bravo Brass is the all-brass ensemble of the highly regarded Philadelphia Youth Orchestra—one of the few ensembles of its type in the country.

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Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Announces New Trustee of Board, Chris Rinaldi

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) is pleased to announce that Chris Rinaldi has been named a new trustee of the board. Rinaldi, a Wynnewood, PA resident, is a founding sponsor of PYO’s Ovation Award that recognizes outstanding music educators.

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PYO Announces New Trustee of Board, Lydia Ogden

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) is proud to announce that Lydia Ogden, PhD, MPP has been named a new trustee of the board. Ogden, a resident of Philadelphia, PA, is a believer in the power of music and has two children who participate in Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, one in the advanced PYO (Philadelphia Youth Orchestra) and one in PYAO (Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra).
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David Kim - Featured Guest Artist at PYO 11.20.16 Concert

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s (PYO) gifted young musicians present their first concert this season in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center conducted by PYO President and Music Director Louis Scaglione. The concert includes a special guest appearance by Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim performing the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius with the orchestra. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m.

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PYO Introduces Young Composers Competition

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is issuing a call for orchestra scores for its inaugural Young Composers Competition. The winner will have his or her orchestral piece premiered by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), an ensemble which is now in its 77 th season, in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
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Graduating Senior Spotlight: Will Rachko

Senior Spotlight:  Will Rachko
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PYO Ovation Award Grand Prize Winner: Jie Jin

With much humility, cello teacher and music program director Jennifer Jie Jin (of Berwyn, PA) accepted the Third Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Ovation Award in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
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PYO 76th Annual Festival Concert

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra 76th Annual Festival Concert will feature performances by PYO's students, ages 14-21, and special guest performances by organist Alan Morrison and Bravo Brass Alum and Euphonium soloist Joel Collier. The concert will take place on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m., in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
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Bravo Brass 13th Annual Festival Concert

After a year marked by inspiring rehearsals and stellar performances, the gifted brass players in Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Bravo Brass ensemble are thrilled to showcase their talents at the group’s 13th Annual Festival Concert, which caps off their 2015-16 season.
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PYAO 21st Annual Festival Concert

Capping a stellar season that spanned the music of Bach to Wagner, the 93-member Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) will take the stage for the last time this season for the ensemble’s 21st Annual Festival Concert.
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Tune Up Philly 6th Annual Festival Concert

120 young musicians who participate in Tune Up Philly (TUP), Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s highly successful engagement program, will perform on Saturday, May 21 at 3 P.M. at the Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
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2016 PYO Ovation Award Finalists

Ten outstanding Delaware Valley music educators were named as finalists for the third annual PYO Ovation Award. On June 5 at 4 p.m., the nominees will all be recognized, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced at PYO’s 76th Annual Festival Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
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PRYSM 9th Annual Festival Concert

The gifted young violin, viola, cello and bass players in the string ensembles of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra -- PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) -- raise their bows for the final performance of the season at the 9th Annual PRYSM Festival Concert.
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Hyerin Kim - Yamaha Young Performing Artist

This summer Hyerin Kim of Cherry Hill, NJ, a gifted flutist from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), has been selected to participate in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.
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PYO Showcase Performance 2016

It’s time to applaud nearly 400 young musicians of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) as they perform in the 2016 PYO Organization Showcase Performance at Verizon Hall, in The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.
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Bravo Brass Performs “The Glory of Gabrieli” 03.06.16

Bravo Brass Performs “The Glory of Gabrieli” on March 6, 2016 at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burlington, New Jersey.
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Bravo Brass Performs “The Glory of Gabrieli” 03.05.16

Bravo Brass Performs “The Glory of Gabrieli” on March 5, 2016 at St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia, PA.
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PYAO Benefit Concert For Youth Work Foundation - 02.28.16

The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin, is pleased to present the Annual Benefit Concert for Youth Work Foundation on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia.
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Kerri Ryan Featured Guest Artist at PYO 02.21.16 Concert

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will perform its winter concert on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. with one of its prestigious alumni, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Violist Kerri Ryan.
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PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) Winter Concert - 02.06.16

The talented string musicians in Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) are showcased at their winter concert on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.
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PRYSM, PYO, & PYAO February Performances

The accomplished young musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra ensembles will provide concertgoers with a welcome respite from the winter doldrums through three heartwarming and soul-stirring performances throughout the Greater Philadelphia region during the month of February.
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Celebrate the Holidays with PYO

The talented musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization will be performing a variety of holiday music to deck the halls and inspire concertgoers with the holiday spirit.
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Jennifer Montone - Featured Guest Artist at PYO 11.22.15 Concert

The talented young musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) present their first concert this season in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center conducted by PYO President and Music Director Louis Scaglione.
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Kenneth Bean Appointed as PYO Associate Conductor

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Bean as Associate Conductor of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
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Featured Concerts and Events 2015 / 2016 Season

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Denise M. Valmé-Lundy, Esq. Appointed to PYO Board of Trustees

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) is pleased to announce that Denise M. Valmé-Lundy, Esq. has been named a new trustee of the board.
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PYO Announces Board of Trustees Updates

As the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra concludes its 75th Anniversary season, the orchestra’s Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers, as well as the appointment of a new trustee.
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PYO Ovation Award Grand Prize Winner: Anthony Williams

With total joy and appreciation, the warm, caring, musical legend Anthony (Tony) Williams of the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, was surprised beyond his belief when he was presented with the Second Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Ovation Award in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
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2015 June – Congratulations, Graduates!

The PYO prides itself on being a college preparatory opportunity for our young leaders and musicians. We congratulate the families and the students who graduate this year.
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2015 PYO Ovation Award Finalists

Ten outstanding Delaware Valley music educators were named as finalists for the second annual PYO Ovation Award by a Blue Ribbon panel of musical experts. On May 31 at 3 p.m., the nominees will all be recognized, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced at PYO’s 75th Annual Festival Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
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PYO 75th Annual Festival Concert

After a fulfilling year of music and inspiration, the curtain will soon rise on the final concert of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2014-2015 season, marking the organization's 75th Anniversary.
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Tune Up Philly 5th Annual Festival Concert

The musicians of Tune Up Philly (TUP), a daily after-school music education program provided by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for elementary school-aged students, will present their 5th Annual Festival Concert at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 2 p.m.
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Bravo Brass 12th Annual Festival Concert

The Bravo Brass 12th Annual Festival Concert, entitled Brass Symphonies, will take place on Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Saint Mark's Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia.
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PYAO 20th Annual Festival Concert

The PYAO 20th Annual Festival Concert will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the prestigious Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.
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PRYSM 8th Annual Festival Concert

The young musicians of PRYSM are hard at work preparing to present their 8th Annual Festival Concert on Saturday, May 16, at 3 p.m., in Centennial Hall at The Haverford School, 750 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA.
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May Events at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

The various ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra have a very busy month ahead with a schedule of performances that cover a vast repertoire of music and a broad spectrum of venues.
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Kimmel Center Presents: Indigo Girls with PYO on 04.12.15

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will take to the stage for a dynamic performance as they collaborate with Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Grammy Award-winning American folk rock group The Indigo Girls.
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Four PYO Students Selected for 2015 NYO-USA

Four Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) students have been selected to participate in the esteemed 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), an orchestra assembled each summer by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute representing the country's best and brightest young musicians.
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PYO Receives Philadephia Cultural Fund Grant

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce that we are a proud recipient of a 2015 Philadelphia Cultural Fund grant award.
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March 2015 Performance Highlights

March 2015 highlights include a Side-by-Side Rehearsal with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Bravo Brass concert entitled Premier Brass, and the eagerly anticipated 2015 Gala Dinner and Concert.
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Third Annual Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians

13 of Philadelphia's Leading Community Music Education Organizations Celebrate Arts Education on Presidents' Day.
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A Prelude to Spring: February Performances

The accomplished young musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra ensembles will provide concertgoers with a welcome respite from the winter doldrums through three heartwarming and soul-stirring performances throughout the Greater Philadelphia region during the month of February.
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PYO Presents Famous Composers in Concert

At 16-21 years of age, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) continue to captivate audiences with their incredible talent, and this concert featuring the works of such  great composers as Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky will be an outstanding showcase of the students' musicianship.
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Celebrate the Holidays with PYO

The talented young musicians associated with Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will be performing a variety of holiday music to deck the halls and inspire concertgoers with the Christmas spirit.
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News Anchor Rick Williams Featured as PYAO Guest Narrator

News anchor Rick Williams of 6ABC will be featured as a guest narrator during the PYAO holiday concert on Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
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Bravo Brass Joins Forces with Curtis Institute of Music

Paul Bryan, who serves as both the Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass, an ensemble program of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and the Dean of Faculty and Students of the Curtis Institute of Music, is bringing his two worlds together for one special evening. Under the direction of Conductor Blair Bollinger, Bravo Brass will join the Curtis Institute of Music Brass and Percussion Ensemble for a free concert on November 10, at 8 p.m.
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Performance Highlight: 11.23.14

Join Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) as the orchestra presents the first of three concerts at the Kimmel Center in celebration of its 75th Anniversary Season
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Featured Concerts - and Events - 2014 / 2015 Season

It’s an exciting year for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary all season long...that's 75 Years Young to you! There has been such growth over our 75 years and there is much more to come. We have much to boast about this 2014-2015 season. Please read the below highlights for each ensemble.
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PYO Celebrates - 75 Years Young

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization is celebrating an amazing milestone: It has been educating and inspiring the tri-state region's most talented and promising music students for 75 years.
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2014 August – Alumni Spotlight: Michael Brookshire, Percussion

Michael Brookshire grew up in the Hatboro area and graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1990. He spent his free time throughout high school pursing his first love in life—music—and became a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in 1989.
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2014 July – Alumni Spotlight: Chason Goldfinger, Viola

PYO-alumnus, violist, and composer Chason Goldfinger, a New York-based native of Philadelphia, currently studies composition with Dr. Robert Beaser at the Juilliard School, as part of the highly selective exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, where he is pursuing neuroscience...
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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Segal, Violin/Concertmaster

Having spent the past ten years as a member of the Colorado Symphony, PYO alumna and former Concertmaster, Rachel Segal, has recently returned to Philadelphia.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library and The Primavera Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping young musicians realize their potential.
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PYO - 74th Annual Festival Concert

Philadelphia youth orchestra’s first annual ovation award -- for inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education
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Bravo Brass - 11th Annual Festival Concert

Polishing off a year of rigorous rehearsal and stellar performances, the 18 gifted young trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba players in Bravo Brass conclude their season with three exciting events that demonstrate the scope of this amazing musical ensemble.
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PYAO - 19th Annual Festival Concert

Capping a stellar season with a repertoire that ranged from Bach to Wagner, the 80 brass, wind, string and percussion musicians in the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), one of the six unique program divisions of the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, will take the stage for the last time this year at the ensemble’s 19th annual Festival Concert.
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PRYSM - 7th Annual Festival Concert

The 76 gifted young violin, viola, cello and bass players in Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles raise their bows for the final performance of the season at the seventh annual PRYSM Festival Concert, Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the Haverford School in Haverford, PA.
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PRYSM & TUP - Side-by-Side with Philadelphia Orchestra

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center in North Philadelphia to give aspiring musicians in Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) and Tune Up Philly, program divisions of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization (PYO), a chance of a lifetime. The professionals will provide side-by-side instruction and then invite the students and audience members to stay for an open rehearsal.
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TUP - 4th Annual Festival Concert

More than 150 young musicians who participate in Tune Up Philly (TUP), Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s highly successful outreach program, will converge for a massive concert on Saturday, May 10 at 3 P.M. at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia.  The concert is free, but the organization appreciates donations.  For information, call 215-545-0502.
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2014 June – Performance Highlight

On June 1, 2014, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra presented the third and final performance at the Kimmel Center in celebration of its 74th Anniversary Season.  Led by Maestro Louis Scaglione, PYO performed Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from his haunting opera, Peter Grimes.
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2014 June – PYO Ovation Award Finalist Named

Music educators deserve to be recognized, and an alliance of organizations along with Louis Scaglione, president and music director of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), has created a new award to honor excellence in this field...
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EITC: Make Music with Your Tax Dollars

As a Commonwealth-approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) and an Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSTC), the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is eligible for educational improvement tax credits from businesses which ordinarily pay taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please consider enrolling in the EITC program in support of our youth orchestra.
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2014 May – Finalist Named for the Inaugural PYO Ovation Award

The inaugural Ovation Award winner will be announced and presented with a tribute, cash prize, and gift card from J.W. Pepper at PYO’s 74th Annual Festival Concert on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3 p.m.
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2014 May – Special Alumni Gathering on June 1st

All alumni are invited to join us for the PYO 74th Annual Festival Concert on June 1 followed by a post concert meet and greet at The Perch Pub.
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2014 May – Noteworthy

In this issue, we invite musicians to audition for an ensemble, thank our wonderful volunteers, review the many ways we invite you to support PYO, and congratulate our graduates, among other things.
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2014 April – Congratulations, Graduates!

The PYO prides itself on being a college preparatory opportunity for our young leaders and musicians. We congratulate the families and the students who graduate this year.
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2014 – 2015 Season September Auditions

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization is now accepting applications for its historic 75th Anniversary Season!
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2014 April – A Noteworthy Special Edition: Gala 2014

This special edition of Noteworthy is dedicated to our Annual Gala celebrating 74 years of music education excellence.
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2014 April – Keynote

This month's newsletter announces an exciting spring season, recaps the 74th Anniversary Gala Performance, provides details on how to support future TUP programming via its crowd funding campaign, and more.
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2014 February – Keynote

Read a letter from associate director Paul Smith about a new year, new collaborations and expanded enrollment, read about the D'Addario Foundation grant, and more.
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2014 January – Noteworthy

Meet Rosalind Erwin and find out about her role with PYAO, get a peek at the new PYO t-shirts, and more.
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2013 December – Keynote

The issue of the Keynote newsletter includes a reminder for the first TUP concert of the Season, information about the new TUP program in Allegheny West, and a student profile on Angel Cooper among other things.
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2013 November – Noteworthy

This issue of the Noteworthy newsletter includes the following stories Annual Appeal, Youth Work Foundation Award, Let the Holidays Begin!, Kroc Center Welcomes TUP and Alumni Spotlight among other things.
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2013 October – Keynote

This issue of the Keynote newsletter includes some great news regarding a large donation from Eastman Cases, a note regarding a series of events exploring spaces and various styles of performance art, and Upcoming Concerts among other things.
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2013 September – Noteworthy

This issue of the Noteworthy newsletter includes a look at the upcoming season, an update regarding the PYO Board of Trustees, and an update on supporting PYO and the Parent Alliance, among other things.
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2013 August – Keynote Newsletter

This issue of the Keynote newsletter includes a look at the summer program, announcement of recently received grants, and a preview of upcoming performances, among other things.
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2013 July – Noteworthy

This issue of the Noteworthy newsletter includes highlights of the season, information regarding the 2013/2014 Season Auditions, and a thank you to our generous supporters.
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2013 June – Keynote Newsletter

This issue of the Keynote newsletter includes a school year recap, plans for the summer, and a preview of the 2014 school year, among other things.
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2013 May – Noteworthy

This issue of the Noteworthy newsletter includes a preview of the 2013 Festival Concerts, information regarding the 2013/2014 Season Auditions, and news for Alumni, among other things.
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2013 April – Noteworthy

The Gala issue of the Noteworthy newsletter includes PYO 2013 Distinguished Service Award Honorees and a thank you to the Gala Sponsors among other things.
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