For the second year, The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) conducted a nationwide search to name the three winners in the PYO Young Composers Competition. There were 54 entries by composers ages 18 to 22 who submitted original orchestral 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.
The students of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization continue to stand out for their talent. All eight finalists, and the first place winner, of the 2018 School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Concerto Competition are current PYO members. The School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Music Program, consisting of a full symphonic orchestra, concert band, and choir, is audition based and includes the top performing student musicians within The School District of Philadelphia.
Music teachers make a tremendous impact on the lives of their students and, for the fifth year, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and several partners search for an outstanding and inspirational teacher to honor with the PYO Ovation Award. Nominators who are current or former students and of any age, submit a 250-word statement about “the music teacher who changed my life.” The PYO Ovation Award is sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, J.W. Pepper and WRTI-90.1 FM.
Returning to New Jersey, the talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Bravo Brass ensemble will present “Bach on Brass” on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 145 West Broad Street in Burlington NJ. This free concert features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for brass. Goodwill donations are gladly accepted.
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