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Important Message from PYO

To the entire PYO family and all our friends:

I hope you and your families are all well and taking good care of yourself during the health crisis our nation is facing. I am grateful to report that as of today I have not received any reports of Coronavirus Disease affecting any of our students, families, friends, or patrons.

The Board of Trustees and I have taken several steps to insure the health and safety of the PYO family and our community. The following action steps were implemented on Friday, March 13, 2020.

1. All rehearsals and concerts will be suspended through April 2, 2020. We hope to resume our regular rehearsal schedule on Friday, April 3, 2020 (PRYSM), Saturday, April 4, 2020 (PYO/PYMO/TUP connect), Sunday, April 5, 2020 (PYAO), and Monday, April 6, 2020 (Bravo Brass). We will we reassess this plan by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and determine if we need to further suspend rehearsals and if so for what additional period of time.

2. Tune Up Philly classes will be monitored directly with each TUP school partner, respectively. As of March 13, all TUP classes are canceled and will resume once our school partners are back in operation.

4. The PYO Gala on Friday, March 27, 2020 will be postponed. We are working to reschedule the Gala for Sunday, June 7, 2020 at The Union League of Philadelphia following PYO’s concert in Verizon Hall that afternoon. More details will be forthcoming.

5. The PYO Tour 2020 to Greece has been canceled. We are working to reschedule the tour for next season, June 2021.

I would like to reiterate that we all here at PYO take the health and well-being of all our students and families seriously. We would like all our PYO families and friends to continue to review all recommended action steps by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as it relates to disease prevention and management. The more you are able to educate yourself about this disease the more you will be able you to fully protect yourself and your family.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our entire staff, we would like to thank you for your support of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization’s mission and programming. It is because of our students, families, friends, benefactors, and patrons we are able to fulfill our important community mission and continue to train the leaders of tomorrow.

All of us here at PYO look forward to getting back to work providing enriching and rewarding music educational experiences for all our students once this crisis has passed. In the interim, we truly hope you and your family are well and that you all remain in good health.

With all best regards and great appreciation,

Louis Scaglione
President & Music Director
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra