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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. 

The PYO, PYAO, PYMO, and Bravo Brass Fall Auditions will take place in Center City Philadelphia at Saint Patrick Hall (240 S. 20th Street).  PRYSM Auditions will take place at Bryn Mawr College (101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA). All auditions are by appointment only. For online registration, audition requirements for each ensemble, and additional information, visit www.PYOS.org. For questions about registration, contact the office at info@pyos.org or 215-545-0502.

Here is the schedule:

Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) Conducted by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Gloria DePasquale — String musicians (ages 6–14) Friday, September 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr College

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Conducted by Maestro Louis Scaglione — String, brass, wind, harp and percussion players (ages 14–21) — Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2 to 6 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) Conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin — String, brass, wind, harp and percussion players (ages 10–18) Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2 to 5 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) Conducted by Maestro Kenneth Bean – String, wind, brass and percussion players (ages 10–17) -- Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2 to 5 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

Bravo Brass Conducted by Curtis Institute of Music’s Paul Bryan — Brass players (ages 12–21) Monday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick Hall

PYO President and Music Director Louis Scaglione is impressed by the expanded interest in PYO ensembles. He said, “We are very pleased that so many students are taking advantage of the opportunities provided by PYO.  These students could become the musicians of the future and community leaders of tomorrow, as well as audience members and benefactors of the arts. In addition, these experiences help motivate students to excel and teaches them lessons of discipline, which is all important in their continuing education. Many of our students enroll in the country’s finest colleges and conservatories.”

Since 1939, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has offered superior instruction and performance opportunities to students selected through a competitive audition process. Young instrumentalists ages 6–21 are prepared to master large ensemble repertoire and are given the opportunity to perform in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the region.

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